Pin Oak

Pin Oak

Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)

For many years, this species was the most commonly planted shade and street tree.  Pin oak is recognizable, and is one of the easiest oaks to grow and transplant, which contributes to it’s popularity.  The tree’s shape is strongly pyramidal, usually with a strong central leader.  The lower branches are pendulous; the middle are horizontal, and the upper branches are upright.  The leaves are dark green, turning to red to russet-red in fall.  Pin oak requires acidic soils for best performance.

Mature Height: 60′

Mature Spread: 30′

Zone: 4

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil Preference: Tolerant to a wide variety of soils, and is drought resistant once established.  Prefers moist, acidic soils.  Can tolerate wet soils.

Nurseryman’s Notes: One of the fastest growing oaks!  This oak develops a pyramidal outline in youth, which remains with maturity.  The leaves of this oak are lobed and a dark, lustrous green.  This native has a fast growth rate (24″+ per year) in adolescence and slows with age.  Few pest or disease problems and tolerant of tough planting sites.  This tree has hard wood, and will resist wind and ice damage.  Can tolerate moist to dry planting sites, but must be planted in lower pH (acidic) soils or chlorosis could be an issue.

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