Burr Oak – an Awesome South Texas Tree

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The Burr Oak is one of the fastest-growing and largest of all the Oaks in Texas. Aside from Cottonwoods, Burr Oaks are the only deciduous tree in Texas that can reach 100 feet tall with a canopy spread of up to 80 feet. With proper water and food, it is not uncommon to get 2 to 3 feet of growth out of your Burr Oak every year. 

Burr Oaks are also highly adaptable and can handle our South Texas climate. One way they adapt is by developing a deep taproot that can find the underground moisture during periods of no rain.

Another benefit of deep roots is that they do not break slabs and push up through sidewalks. Burr Oaks are seldom affected by winds due to their thick trunks and heavy branches. And check out these giant golf ball size acorns! 

Come check out our selection – we love to talk trees and Fall is prime time to plant them! 


2 Comments on “Burr Oak – an Awesome South Texas Tree”

  1. Mike, I spent a few years in CC on Navigation Blvd! We just bought a house in Horse Shoe Bay Texas (Marble Falls). We have a 4-5 foot in diameter Burr Oak with a deck build around and close to the tree trunk. The wood deck is approximately 18 inches above the ground. Will this deck present a problem for my tree in the future?


  2. Hi Larry – the deck shouldn’t be a problem for the tree. Just keep an eye on fungal issues going on below the deck/staying too wet/being shaded.

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