Bur Oak (Quercus macrocapra)


Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa

  • Strong & dense canopy creates lots of shade
  • Loves the Southern US Climate, especially Houston
  • Fast growing and loves the Houston growing climate
  • Clean, low-maintenance tree with a lovely fragrant foliage
  • A white oak tree that’s among the most tolerant of urban conditions

The Bur Oak tree, also called Burr Oak, is a large shade tree and one of the fastest growing of the white oaks, so you will not have to wait too long before you can enjoy a big tree with a strong and dense canopy that provides lots of shade! Its botanical name is Quercus macrocarpa and this eastern North American native loves to grow in the Houston climate. These trees are great for blocking unwanted views and adding privacy to your home. A large deciduous tree, with proper placement, it can block the sunlight in the summer and let the sun in during the winter. This is a park-style tree and they are perfect for expansive yards, where they can grow with a rounded shape and provide a great place for the family to gather around!

Heat tolerant, Bur Oak trees love to grow where there is plenty of full sun exposure. These are very easy trees to take care of, in fact, once established, they will require low to moderate water use and you can leave them alone and let them grow into a beautiful specimen loved by both people and small wildlife. These trees produce oak acorns, the preferred food for wood ducks, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, rabbits, mice, squirrels and other small wildlife. They can have a long life span too, often living up to 300 years, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come!

We recommend buying as big as you can to enjoy the many benefits a mature specimen offers. Big Tex Tree Nurseries is the largest box tree grower in the United States, with Bur Oak tree’s available in a wide range of sizes. Our professional planting and delivery service can get any size order planted straight into your landscape. We love to do the work!


Dense shade tree perfect for any landscape

Drought and cold tolerant

Extremely durable specimens custom grown for Western climates