The Bur Oak is being considered for park strips that are 6 foot wide with houses that are approximately 20 to 30 feet from the trees. Would this be recommended? What problems might we incur if we planted these as described?
Davis County Utah
Bur oak is probably not the best choice for residential areas due to its ultimate size. While it is a slow-growing tree, it will ultimately grow to 50-60 feet in height and about the same in diameter. But, it would probably be only 25 feet tall and 25 feet wide after 20 years of growth. The other question is the size of the park strip. A strip 6-feet wide is probably okay, but I wouldn't try to plant in anything narrower than that.
In summary, in the short term it would be great. Long term, you may run into problems with them encroaching on the houses.