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126 THIS OLD OAK
Sarpy County, Nebraska. A mighty Burr Oak tree stands guard over the prairie in Sarpy County, Nebraska. Native to North America, in the eastern and midwestern United States and south-central Canada, this large diciduous tree is one of the most massive oaks, growing up to 100 feet in height and 10 feet in diameter. They typically grow in the open, away from forest canopy and are ideal inhabitants of the prairie as they are fire resistant and have significant drought resistence due to a long taproot. Burr Oaks commonly live to be 200 to 300 years old, and produce greenish-yellow flowers and very large acorns. The acorns are an important source of food for American Black Bears and other wildlife, such as deer and porcupine, eat the leaves, twigs and bark.