Quercus macrocarpa

​​​Top 20 Shade Trees for San Antonio!

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#16 Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

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“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” “And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 2:9; 1:12)

Strengths and Weaknesses Listed
All trees have weaknesses and strengths. In order to thoroughly evaluate a tree, you should consider both. Let me begin by offering some strengths of Bur Oak and then I will describe some weaknesses. You will be happy to discover that this trees strengths overcome its weaknesses! In fact, from our viewpoint, Bur Oak makes our “Top Twenty” list. But perhaps, it will become your number #1 choice.

Strength: Large Deeply Lobed Leaves With Huge Acorns
Bur Oak is the Oak tree with the large deeply lobed leaves and very large acorns. This tree is known for its large acorns. The acorn cup that holds the acorn has little burrs or rough scale like growths. This burr-like acorn cup is where the Bur oak gets its name. The acorns are sometimes used in fall floral arrangements, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. It is native to North Central Texas but not in the San Antonio area. It grows very well here.

Strength: A Proven Performer
Bur Oak is a proven performer. You can count on Bur oak to be very tough and drought tolerant. Bur Oaks are native to North-Central Texas but not around the San Antonio area. But they have been planted all throughout town. They get better and better with age.

Strength: A Majestic Shade tree That Gets Better With Age
Bur Oak becomes a large shade tree though it is not a fast grower. It does, however, have quality growth that holds up over time. Bur Oak is a type of White Oak. Similar looking species of White Oaks can be seen in other parts of the country. Bur Oak casts a deep shade which is good to cool the summer heat.

All trees have weaknesses and strengths. In order to thoroughly evaluate a tree, you should consider both. You will be happy to discover that this trees strengths overcome its weaknesses!

Weaknesses: Not A Fast Growth Rate
Bur Oak has a moderate but not fast growth rate.

Weakness: Deep Shade Not Good For Turf Grass
Bur Oak casts deep shade so may shade out turf grass planted underneath.

Weakness: Large Acorn And Leaf Clean-up
Bur Oak makes huge acorns that need to be cleaned up as well as large leaves.

Weakness: Doesn't Contrast With Native Trees
Bur Oak does not provide much of a contrast to the other dark green native trees in our area. It has dark bark and dark green leaves.

Bur Oaks For Sale At Wilson's
Each year we usually have a good supply of Bur Oaks. Typically these are sold as 5 gallon, 15 gallon, 30 gallon and 45 gallon. Larger trees are occasionally available as well.

A Blessing For You
We hope that this plant information helps you as you search for that perfect tree. Whichever tree you choose, may it bring you many years of beauty and peace.

May you and your tree be “like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:3)

Buy Bur Oak Trees in Helotes at Wilson Landscape Nursery

If you are interested in buying or browsing Bur Oak Trees in Helotes or San Antonio, Wilson Landscape has an impressive stock of all sizes and shapes of trees. We grow all of our trees from acorns and seeds and only use the best fertilizers. We have beautiful Bur Oak Trees to choose from. We specialize in tree growing, and we only grown native and well adapted Texas trees, so you can be sure they will flourish. Best of all, Glenn and Sherry are plant experts and would love to answer any and all questions and concerns  about your specific tree needs. Our knowledge is something that is hard to find.  Come on in or give us a call today! 
(210) 695-2703

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