Bur oak in park strips - Knowledgebase Question

Question by Bur
August 30, 2017
I am on a quarter acre lot where the developer plans to put 5 bur oak in 6 foot park strips around the two sides of our one level home. They will be putting them about twenty feet apart. Our study of these trees tell us this may be a mistake. Should this decision be reconsidered? Are these trees appropriate for small park strips? Thanks so much.

Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
A comment from crawgarden
August 30, 2017
If you are looking for shade, it will probably take 30 years, the growth rate is extremely slow.
The Bur Oak is a beautiful tree but is more appropriate to a wide open area.
Wonder if the developer is getting the trees from a forested area in the development.
Tell them to give you a break on the price and purchase your own trees.

Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Answer from KentPfeiffer
August 30, 2017


Bur oaks are really not appropriate for small areas and 20ft. spacing is much too close. On a quarter acre lot, you could accommodate one or maybe two bur oaks and, even then, you wouldn't want them to be less than 20 or 30 feet from the street. You'd also want at least that much distance between the tree and your house.

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