Excellent Acorn Production on a Small Tree
One of the best selections for acorn production, burgambel begins producing acorns at a young age when the trees are only 3-6 feet tall. The acorns ripen early in the season starting in September. Medium growth rate, Burgambel averages 1-2 ft. per year. The acorns usually have very low tannin content, making them almost edible right from the tree. Burgambel develops a compact, rather bushy crown to 40 ft. Trees have various shapes and sizes. Some round, others upright. Best in dry, sandy well-drained sites. One of the most durable hybrids for dry climates, the tap root often develops lots of hair roots and is easily transplanted compared to red oak. I also regenerates roots quickly and once established regains its growth rate right away.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Quercus macrocarpa x gambeliiSeed Source:
Utah, Michigan, CaliforniaHardiness:
Cross pollinates with bur oak and itself. Having 2 plants helps with the overlap of flowering and fertility.Soil:
Sandy, sandy loam, not for wet soilsClimate:
Zone 4-9Ease of Cultivation:
Despite not being the fastest growing oak, it is the most precocious hybrid bearing acorns on small trees. It regenerates its roots quickly making it an easy oak tree to grow anywhere and usually has low tannin in its acorns making it suitable for acorn flour.