Name: Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Other name(s): Mossycup Oak
Campus Location: RCTC main campus
The RCTC campus is located on what would have been tallgrass prairie and bur oak savanna before settlement, amidst the hazards of fire, high winds, and ice storms. Consequently native groves of bur oak welcome students, staff and visitors at both the main entrance (Atrium) and the east (East Hall) and west (Coffman) sides of the main campus complex.
RCTC is fortunate to have as many sizable bur oak on campus as it does. Bur oak are considered very slow growing and "messy" because of all the acorns they drop, so they are usually overlooked as a tree that would purposefully be planted in a landscape. Yet they lend RCTC an "older campus" feel due to their numbers and sheer size. Additionally when they do drop their acorns they give students the opportunity to see many squirrels close up in the fall!