Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)

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Lower branches drooping; leaves 4-6 inches long, with bristle tips, 5-7 lobes, indentations extending more than halfway to midrib, upper surface glossy; leaf stems smooth; acorns small, cup covering less than 1/3 of the nut.

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.

(References consulted)


Quercus palustris

Quercus palustris

Quercus palustris

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