|Bur oak along a street in Kearney.|
In my home town of Kimball, I can probably count on my fingers and toes the number of bur oaks that have been planted. They all look wonderful! And yet the ugly Siberian elm dominates the landscape. Ugh! Kimball is certainly not unique in this regard. Indeed, bur oak is under planted across the state, and it gets worse the further west we go.
|Bur Oak in North Platte.|
|Who says a bur oak is a slow grower? This one in North Platte is just a few decades old.|
|Bur oak is beautiful throughout the year.|
We should plant more bur oaks because they are tough, adaptable, ruggedly beautiful, long-lived, tolerant of our neglect, drought tolerant, ice-resistant, wide-spreading, shade-casting, climbable, dark green, naturalistic, loaded with wildlife, a friend of the squirrel, deer resistant, fire resistant, moderately flamboyant, tough like our forebears, poetic, inspiring, gracious, giving, fragrant, long-lived, friendly,... (I could add superlatives all day long!). More importantly, they are not Siberian elm, or green ash, or honeylocust, or silver maple, or any number of less deserving trees. They are bur oak: the king of our hardwood trees. Long live the bur oak!
|The majestic bur oak "Josephine" in Petersburg Illinois. Abe Lincoln may have slept here!|
|Bur oaks can live for centuries - and will likely be the longest lived trees in our communities.|