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Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa


This tree forms a very thick bark - resistant to fire and has gnarled branches.


Grows across the Minnesota area into the prairie and savanna.


This tree is slow growing and these young leaves look a bit different than the leaves that grow later in the season.

1 Species ID Suggestions

English Oak
Quercus robur

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tamashii 11 years ago

Thanks Carolina!

I figured they were disabled right as I posted it, ha! But with no way to edit the comment, I resigned to looking the n00b for all time.

Carolina 11 years ago

Hi Tamashii!
HTML comments are disabled, I'm writing your link again so people would be able to see it.

tamashii 11 years ago

I concur that it is likely the leaf of a bur oak: <a href="">Quercus macrocarpa</a>.

info2 11 years ago

I'd suggest that it is a bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa), based upon its location, although there are lots of exotic tree species in the Minneapolis, MN area. The ridged, squarish twigs and the leaf's deeply cut "waist" point to bur oak. The leaves certainly do bear some resemblance to an English oak, however.

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Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Jun 11, 2010
Submitted on Mar 28, 2011

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