Quercus palustris

Pin Oak

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - One of the faster growing oaks, 12 to 15' over a 5 to 7 year period
Mature Height - 60-70', but can reach over 100'
Mature Width - 25-40'
Longevity - Medium - maturity reached between 125 and 175 years.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Monoecious, male in pale yellow-green catkins, females reddish-green borne on short spikes in new leaf axils, May
Fruit - Nut, solitary or clustered, sessile to short-stalked, 0.5" high, 0.66-0.75" wide, nearly hemispherical, light brown, often striate, enclosed only at basal 0.25-0.33" in a thin, saucer-like cap, mature in second year.
Leaf -
Fall Color - Variable russet, bronze or red.
Bark - Thin, grayish brown bark, smooth in youth. With age, develops narrow, relatively shallow ridges and furrows
Other Features - Strongly pyramidal in youth. With age many lower branches are lost. The remaining lower branches become pendulous, the middle horizontal, and the upper upright, creating an oval-pyramidal form.
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Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Readily transplanted because of shallow, fibrous root system. Prefers full sun, moist, rich, acid, well-drained soil. Tolerant of wet soils, and found in the wild on wet clay flats where water may stand for several weeks; Intolerant of high pH. Zone 4-8
Native Habitat - Massachusetts to Delaware, west to Wisconsin and Arkansas. Introduced before 1770.
Diseases and Insects - Galls are often a problem; iron chlorosis can be serious on high pH soils.
Strength - Good, interesting habit
Weakness - Correcting chlorosis on high pH (alkaline) soils can be costly and "painful for the homeowner".

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- Other plants with the common name Oak.
- Other plants of the family Fagaceae.
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- Other plants of the species Quercus palustris.