Monday, March 23, 2015

Meet The "Pin Oak"

Meet The "Pin Oak"

Amy: Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:07 AM
The Pin Oak or Quercus palustris is a large deciduous tree that has been recorded as present in the US since at least 1770. It has thin pin like twigs and lower branches that if left natural can often sweep the ground. It is commonly planted along highways, parking lots, open spaces as well as in ornamental in landscapes.  

A rapid grower, one of the fastest growing Oaks, growing an average of 12-15 feet in just 5-7 years. In the spring the foliage is a dark green color, shifting to russet-bronze and red in the Autumn.

The leaves have 5-7 deep narrow lobes each containing a few bristle like teeth. The bark is Grayish brown with small ridges. 

It grows well in zones 4-9 and is one of the most commonly used native Oaks for landscape purposes. This tree tolerates wet soils and prefers moist rich soil, but does have a sensitivity to high PH. The flowers are similar to those on a Red Oak, acorns that are nearly round and brown when ripe.

The Pin Oak is readily available at most nurseries and would make a beautiful sturdy addition to any landscape. 

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