Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

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Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:12 pm

With its deeply furrowed bark, distinctive leaves, fringed acorn caps, and to borrow a term from Bob Leverett, its inherent “Oakness,” the Bur Oak is right up there with my favorite trees.

This behemoth resides alongside an old stagecoach route in Ault Park, Cincinnati.
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sheet of paper.jpg
straight up bark.jpg
with Yellow buckeye
with Yellow buckeye
straight up.jpg
gnarly.jpg
crown.jpg
top.jpg
Bur Oak leaf (from a different tree)
Bur Oak leaf (from a different tree)
Bur Oak Acorn Caps (from a different tree)
Bur Oak Acorn Caps (from a different tree)
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Re: Impressive Bur Oak (SW Ohio)

Post by dbhguru » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:16 pm

Matt,

Indeed and impressive specimen. I miss not seeing Bur Oaks here in new England. There are a few, but their pretty anemic. When Monica and I travel West, I always enjoy the sight of the first Bur Oaks. One of my favorite species. Great pictures.

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Re: Impressive Bur Oak (SW Ohio)

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:51 pm

Thanks Bob.

I'd like to get up to Daughmer Bur Oak Prairie Savannah State Nature Preserve in Central Ohio later this year to see them in their full glory. The site just became a preserve last year and was part of the historic Sandusky Plains, a 200,000 acre tall grass prairie that was in north-central Ohio. Sadly, this preserve is probably the largest remnant at only 34 acres.

http://ohiodnr.com/portals/3/publicatio ... pSum12.pdf

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories ... oasis.html

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Re: Impressive Bur Oak (SW Ohio)

Post by Larry Tucei » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:59 pm

Matt, I really enjoy Burr Oak it is one of my favorite species. I was lucky enough to visit Big Oak Tree State Park in Missouri a few years back and measure the State Champion Burr Oak it is a beast. Bob and several other members have also measured it and we all have posted on it. Thanks for sharing that whooper of a Burr Oak it is a beauty!! Larry

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Re: Impressive Bur Oak (SW Ohio)

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:11 pm

Larry-

Cool, I see those old posts/photos and that Oak is a beast. I grew up in Missouri near the bottomlands of the Missouri river and I'll have to visit that park if I ever get that far south. Since it's the Show-Me State, I may have to see it to believe it!

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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (SW Ohio)

Post by Matt Markworth » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:05 pm

Here are some more Bur Oaks of Southwest Ohio. This also shows the one from Ault Park for comparison purposes . . .
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Miami University Natural Areas - Bur Oak with a CBH of 16.9ft, the same CBH as the one in Ault Park. Both measured exactly 203 inches, go figure! Here's a link with a vertical panorama (thanks for this idea Patrick!)

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=046 ... fd2c2b286b

Miami University Bishop Woods - One alive and one dead. The dead one is the smaller of the two and was cut off high up on the trunk. The trunk segment on the ground has approximately 145 rings. Percy MacKaye was poet-in-residence at Miami in the 1920’s and his shack/studio was in Bishop Woods.

http://www.units.muohio.edu/landscape/b ... woods.html

These Bur Oaks would have been over 50 years old when he wrote the following poem about the trees of Miami:

http://poncer.blogspot.com/2010/10/perc ... circa.html

Miami University McKee Hall - Open-grown Bur Oak that dominates the front of McKee Hall
McKee Hall Bur Oak
McKee Hall Bur Oak
California Woods Nature Preserve - Tall Bur Oak residing in an old growth forest, irregularly shaped crown
California Woods Bur Oak
California Woods Bur Oak
California Woods Bur Oak
California Woods Bur Oak
My spreadsheet Master File: http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f ... 940#p20705

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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (SW Ohio)

Post by pdbrandt » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:06 pm

I love the vertical panorama, Matt! Well done?
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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

Post by Yeti » Sat Oct 26, 2013 1:56 am

Matt, there is a monser Bur Oak in Embshoff woods, not far from my house. Granted it's lost a lot of limbs but the trunk is MASSIVE. I think i measured in in the upper 18'

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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:19 am

Landon,

Very cool! When the leaves are done falling around here we should measure that Bur Oak and check out Embshoff Woods, I've never been there before.

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Re: Impressive Bur Oaks (OH)

Post by Yeti » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:19 am

So you know Matt. I will be climbing the Big Bur Oak in Spring Grove Cemetery on Monday at 1pm until I'm done having fun! I plan to inspect there grounding system, maybe get a height measurement if not to bad and grab some moss from different locations for water bears.

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