Oak, Pin Quercus palustris
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 4 - 8The Pin Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeShade Trees
Mature HeightThe Pin Oak grows to be 60' - 70' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Pin Oak has a spread of about 25' - 40' at full maturity.
SunThis oak does well in full sun.
SoilThe Pin Oak grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, clay soils.
ShapeThis oak has pyramidal shape.
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.
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)
Pin oak acorns are eaten by wild turkeys, whitetail deer, squirrels and smaller rodents, but are a particularly important food for many ducks.
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.
Tolerates wet conditions including moderate flooding
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.
Brown, faded flower color. Not noteworthy.
Fruit is round, 1/2 inch long, nearly round with a thin, saucer-like cup of small, tight scales.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.