Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
[ Trees > Hardwoods > Oaks . . . ] Forest Type: Oak-Hickory
by Michael Kuo
Note: The red oaks of eastern North America are often difficult to identify with certainty--and the task is complicated by the fact that many of the species hybridize.
Habitat: Typically in moist soil; often planted as an ornamental; growing east of the Great Plains in a belt from the Great Lakes to Virginia.
Stature: 60-80 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with drooping lower branches; with a crown shaped like a rounded pyramid.
Leaves: 3-6 inches long; with 5-7 bristle-tipped lobes; indentations wide, extending more than halfway to the midrib; shiny and dark green above; paler green below; stems smooth or nearly so.
Bark: Thick; grayish brown; finely scaly-ridged.
Acorns: Bitter; to 1/2 inch long; enclosed at the base in a tightly scaly cup.
Cite this page as:
Kuo, M. (2005, August). Pin oak (Quercus palustris). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/quercus_palustris.html