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Audubon® Bur Oak
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Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
The Bur Oak is a charismatic tree of the Midwest, where grand old specimens dot fields, farms, and prairies, serving as oases to wildlife. Birds of all types flock to the shelter of its massive branches and leafy canopy. Caterpillar-eaters like wrens, warblers, mockingbirds, cardinals, sparrows, and vireos feast on the many insect species Bur Oak attracts, while larger birds like turkeys, woodpeckers, jays, and flickers enjoy its acorns. If you have the space, Oak Trees should be a key component of your wildlife-friendly landscape. Bur Oak is an especially fine choice, offering first-rate food and cover along with a picturesque form.
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Bur Oak gets its name from those jumbo-sized acorns, which are held in very large caps covered with a bur-like fringe. The oversized caps and acorns have a lot of character and make fun additions to fall craft projects. In pioneer days on the plains, it came to the rescue of unfortunate travelers who needed new wagon tongues, wheel hubs or spokes. As part of our nation’s natural heritage legend states that Lewis and Clark met with Native Americans under the Council Oak in what is now Sioux City, Iowa. At that time the tree was 150 years old.
Bur Oak is a supremely tough tree, able to shrug off bitter cold, drought, wind, and poor soils like few other trees can. This gentle giant can even survive in the city if there’s room enough for it to grow. In fact, Bur Oak is a past winner of the Society of Municipal Arborists “Tree of the Year” award for its ability to thrive in challenging urban sites.
How to Grow
Bur Oak is a slow-growing tree, but with optimum levels of water and fertilizer, its growth rate can be speeded up a bit. Use the Bower & Branch™ Water Element and our Soil Enhancer and Fertilizer Element to give your new tree exactly what it needs to flourish. Plant Bur Oak in full sun in any type of soil and mulch it with a layer of wood chips or bark. Make sure to also give it plenty of elbow room! Diseases and insect pests are generally no problem with this one, and you’ll rarely have to prune it.
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