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Oak, Pin Quercus palustris

Pin Oak - Quercus palustris
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Pyramidal through early maturity, its form turns more oval in older age. Fast-growing, tolerates wet soils, likes full sun. Glossy dark green leaves turn russet, bronze or red. Grows to 60' to 70', 25-45' spread. (zones 4-8)

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Zones 4 - 8 Zones 4 - 8
Hardiness Zones 4 - 8
The Pin Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Shade Tree Shade Tree
Type of tree
Shade Trees
60' - 70' High 60' - 70' High
Mature Height
The Pin Oak grows to be 60' - 70' feet in height.
25' - 40' Spread 25' - 40' Spread
Mature Spread
The Pin Oak has a spread of about 25' - 40' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This oak does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Pin Oak grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, clay soils.
Pyramidal Shape Pyramidal Shape
Shape
This oak has pyramidal shape.
Attributes

The Pin Oak is a very distinctive tree because of its unusual branching habit. Upper branches are upright, middle ones horizontal and its lower limbs slant gracefully towards earth. Widely used as a street and landscape tree.

Description

Pyramidal through early maturity, its form turns more oval in older age. Fast-growing, tolerates wet soils, likes full sun. Glossy dark green leaves turn russet, bronze or red. Grows to 60' to 70', 25'-45' spread. (zones 4-8)

Wildlife Value

Pin oak acorns are eaten by wild turkeys, whitetail deer, squirrels and smaller rodents, but are a particularly important food for many ducks.

History/Lore/Use

The name Pin Oak comes from its short, tough branchlets that are located along the branches and limbs. Its native habitat is the moist bottomlands of the central Midwest and middle Atlantic states. First observed scientifically prior to 1770.

Moisture

Tolerates wet conditions including moderate flooding

Leaves

This trees leaves have deep sinuses that extend 2/3 or more to the midrib separating 5 (sometimes 7 to 9) lobes. Medium green in summer with copper or red autumn color.

Flower Color

Brown, faded flower color. Not noteworthy.

Bloom Time

April-May

Fruit Description

Fruit is round, 1/2 inch long, nearly round with a thin, saucer-like cup of small, tight scales.