Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) is a species of oak in the white oak section Quercus sect. Quercus, native to North America in the eastern and central United States and eastern and central Canada. This plant is also called mossycup oak and mossycup white oak. Quercus macrocarpa is widespread in the Atlantic coastal plain from New Brunswick to North Carolina, west as far as Alberta, eastern Montana, Wyoming, and northeastern New Mexico. The vast majority of the populations are found in the eastern Great Plains, the Mississippi–Missouri–Ohio Valley, and the Great Lakes region.

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Photos taken at Old Town March 2021 and June 2022.

This beautiful drawing of the Bur Oak at Old Town was commissioned by Tracy Frist.
Artist: Richard Bowers