The oak tree is a very popular type of tree in North Dakota. There are many different types of oaks that grow throughout the state, but not all will provide the same desired benefits or be as hardy. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most popular and unique types of oak trees found in North Dakota.
North Dakota is a state of the United States of America that lies in the upper Midwestern region of the country. Notably, the state is named after the indigenous Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes that dominated the region well before European settlers arrived on the continent. Many of these communities still make up a large part of the North Dakotan population. Notably, at the beginning of the 20th century, North Dakota’s rich natural resources led to vast economic development and population rises in the region.
North Dakota lies in the upper center of the United States and is bordered by the Canadian province of Manitoba to the North. North Dakota is very rich in mineral resources making the economy heavily based on farming and agriculture. Moreover, the state shares the Red River with Minnesota to the east, while the state’s western regions consist of the hilly Great Plains west of the Missouri River. Meanwhile, the state’s central region is Prairie land and consists of plateaus and grasslands with fertile and well-drained soil.
This article will outline some of the most common types of oak trees in North Dakota, explaining each species’ defining features and important characteristics along the way.
1. Mongolian Oak (quercus mongolica)
The Mongolian Oaktree is a species of oak indigenous to Japan, Korea, China, Siberia, and Mongolia. Although it is widely cultivated in many regions of North America, it is considered to be an invasive species. This medium-to-large deciduous species of oak tree can reach heights of up to 30 meters. It is often planted as a shade tree in urban landscapes and parks.
2. Bur Oak (quercus macrocarpa)
The Bur Oak is a large deciduous species of oak indigenous to various regions of eastern North America. The tree typically grows to a height of 30 meters and is one of the most massive oaks in terms of trunk diameter. Moreover, it is a slow-growing and long-lived oak, often living for up to 300 years. Lastly, the Bur Oak trees have the largest acorns of any North American Oak tree. Populations of Bur oak exist North Carolina, Alberta, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and New Mexico.