#032 Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

This Bur Oak was planted in 1939 on the farm owned by Fred Dotger Jr. The species was first introduced in Charlotte by Henry Dotger in the 1890s at a home in the Elizabeth neighborhood, where Bur Oaks still grow today. This particular Bur Oak was planted right at the livestock watering trough for the original farm, which is credited for its significant size. This Bur Oak achieved Treasure Tree status in 1991 and in the same year, achieved state co-champion status (largest known specimen in the state). A Denny’s was constructed in 1995 and the original Treasure Tree designation protected the tree during construction. It now sits on a preserved patch of land directly to the left of the Denny’s restaurant. In 2020, this tree was again recognized by the NC Forest Service as the largest of its species in the entire state.

Statistics (1991/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 138"/188'
  • Height (Ft.): 69'/82'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 54'/121'
  • Total Points: 221/300

More Information

  • Nominated By: Tom Martin
  • Year Added: 1991
  • Owned By: Svete Ocean Reef LLC
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Beatties Ford
  • Property Type: Private Business
  • Nearest Address: 4529 Sunset Rd
  • Ecological Value: Bur Oak Acorns are an excellent source of food for Charlotte’s animals, including deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, racoons, and rodents. As it reaches maturity it provides protection and nesting for numerous species of birds. It is a host plant for Edwards Hairstreak and Horace's Duskywing butterflies.
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