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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa   FAMILY Fagaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak


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image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_macrocarpa

May        MA

Arnold Arboretum

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_macrocarpa_2

May        MA

Arnold Arboretum

Bark dark grayish-brown, rough, with deep furrows and prominent ridges, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_quercus_macrocarpa_3

May        MA

Arnold Arboretum

Bark more vertically ridged and darker brown than that of White Oak, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm060618_016

June    Pickens County    SC

Clemson University

SC State Champion Tree

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

JK Marlow    s060618_a

June    Pickens County    SC

Clemson University

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

JK Marlow    s060618_b

June    Pickens County    SC

Clemson University

Leaves often fiddle-shaped, smooth shiny dark green above, pale hairy below, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

JK Marlow    jkm111015_010016

October        

Cup's grayish pubescent scales form a fringe around & enclose 1/2-7/8 of nut, per Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America.

image of Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa, Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak

JK Marlow    s101017_buroak

October    Mecklenburg County    NC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa   FAMILY Fagaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa   FAMILY Fagaceae

 

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2084

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native: north & west of the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in - - -

Look for it in rich bottomland forests, sometimes in drier forests and then usually over limestone or other calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, 5-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Unisexual
Staminate calyx 2-8 lobed, pistillate calyx 6-lobed
Petals absent
3-12 stamens in staminate flowers

Staminate flowers in clustered drooping catkins

FRUIT:
Acorn

 

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