BUR OAK Quercus macrocarpa Family: Beech (Fagaceae)
Tall straight trunk, distinct nearly to top, branches and twigs thick, nearly horizontal lower branches, upper branches ascending, broad round crown.
Bark is dark gray, deeply furrowed with many ridges. It's thick corky bark allows it to withstand prairie fires. It's a member of the white oak group. It's species name is Latin, with macro for "large" and carpa for "finger" referring to the large terminal leaf lobe.
It can often be found standing alone like this one, left by the farmer, hopefully out of respect for it's age. At one time these corn fields were Oak Savannah's and prairie. Groups of these marvelous trees stood together weathering the elements and fire. This is also called Blue Oak or Mossycup Oak and grows in the southern three-quarters of the state of Wisconsin.
This tree is on one of the back roads I often take. The Bur Oak on my header is from the farm down the road from my house. I have a fondness for both these trees.
Oh, heck, I have a love affair with trees. There is a slide show at the top right hand corner of my blog. If you have the time or interest give it a click, sit back and hopefully enjoy, my trees. Thanks for taking the time to visit and see MY TREE.