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BUR OAK Quercus macrocarpa
The Oak is seldom seen in our area because its deep tap root is very difficult to handle in the nursery. It is a long lived, pest resistant tree which is worthy of much wider use.
Shade tree: Height 15m (50ft) with a longitudinal oval shaped crown.
Foliage: Leaves are large, leathery, and deeply lobed.
Fruit: An acorn up to one inch long, more than half enclosed with a fringed mossy border. The acorn germinates readily when planted in the fall.
Fall Colour: Antique yellow.
Comments: This tree is native in Southern Manitoba and fully hardy here. Because it is so long lived, it makes a great memorial tree. A thriving oak tree in the yard is a wonderful "conversation starter".