Pin Oak

Arbor walk #19, TreeKeeper ID #1810

The pin oak is a popular tree that is planted because of its quick growth and the dense shade it provides. It has a distinct form that is pyramidal during early maturity but turns more oval later in life.

The pin oak is a common choice of tree for landscaping and it has a distinct branching pattern that separates it from the other oaks. Unlike most oaks which have heavy horizontal branches, the pin oak has many slender branches which arch out and hang down; these main branches have pin-like branchlets, hence the name “pin oak”. The pin oak is very susceptible to pH levels in the soil and cannot tolerate high pH soils which cause chlorosis (yellowing).

More information on the Pin Oaks in our Arboretum here!

Common NamePin Oak
Latin NameQuercus palustris
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