Bur Oak

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The bur oak is named for the seed enclosed in a deep, knobby cup that has a fringed edge. The acorns, soft and edible like those of the white oak, ripen in one season. Although it is of only average height, this oak is impressively healthy- looking. Its deep, extensive root system anchors it very solidly against the wind. Although this species is limited to southern Quebec, a few specimens exist near Grondines, on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River.

This oak prefers rich, clay bottomlands, but also adapts to dry, limestone-based terrain. It is almost never found in pure stands and generally grows among such hardwoods as sugar maple, white ash, white elm and basswood.

The colour of the wood varies from off-white to light brown. Heavy and hard, the wood is also very strong. This wood is sold as white oak and is highly valued for its beauty and solidity.

The wood is used in cabinetmaking and is made into veneer. Because it is flexible and waterproof, it is also appropriate for barrels and boat-building. LeafFruit Leaves, alternate, simple, with rounded lobes. Fruits, large acorns.

Leaves, alternate, simple, with rounded lobes.

Fruits, large acorns.


Leaf

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Leaves, alternate, simple, with rounded lobes.

Fruit

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Fruits, large acorns.