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Quercus macrocarpa

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    Bur Oak: Tough Tree for Tough Places

    By James R. Fazio | June 13, 2017

    Quercus macrocarpa Despite its acorns being called “frilled,” there is nothing dainty about the bur oak tree. The frills around its gigantic acorn are wild and woolly, and the top of the cap is corky and tough like the armor of an old-time gladiator. Its bark, too, is rough and dark, and the trunk massive. Landscape architects call its crown “coarse textured” and loggers and woodworkers are attracted to its very hard wood. Pioneers were amazed when they first encountered…

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