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Top Gun Bur Oak

Quercus macrocarpa 'Top Gun'

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Top Gun Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa 'Top Gun') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Top Gun Bur Oak

Top Gun Bur Oak

(Photo courtesy of Bylands Nurseries)

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Mossycup Oak

Description:

An impressive, spire like variety with its picturesque narrow habit of growth with short, gnarled branches; great for smaller landscape areas; large acorns attract wildlife; extremely tough and adaptable; faster growing than the species

Ornamental Features

Top Gun Bur Oak has dark green foliage with gray undersides throughout the season. The glossy lobed leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up. The furrowed black bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Top Gun Bur Oak is a dense deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Top Gun Bur Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Top Gun Bur Oak will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 300 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features