Quercus palustrisQuercus palustris

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus palustris
  • COMMON NAME: Pin Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: Northeastern to midwestern U.S.
  • GROWTH HABIT: Pyramidal, dense, heavily, branched with branch orientation of Nyssa 60'-70' (100') tall. Rapid growth rate, up to 3' yearly.
  • HARDINESS: Zones 4-8
  • CULTURE: Rich, moist, acid, well-drained soil in full sun; tolerates urban growing conditions, wet soils. Iron chlorosis is a severe problem.
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative Wetland
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Fibrous root system is easily transplanted; form is attractive. A bird-attracting tree.
  • FOLIAGE: alternate, simple, 3"-6" long, 5-7 lobes, with "u"- shaped sinuses. Leaves persist in winter. Fall color golden-yellow to red.
  • BUDS: Slender, pin-like twigs and spurs.
  • BARK: Gray-brown with ridges and furrows at maturity.
  • FRUIT: Nut (acorn), ½" long, involucre(cup) covering only a small part of the nut. Acorn matures in two years.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed; cultivars are grafted.
  • PESTS: Galls.
    • `Crown Rite' - Lower branches do not weep.
    • `Soverign' - Lower branches do not weep.



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