Pin Oak
Quercus palustris
Family Fagaceae

* Leaves deeply lobed, with sharply pointed lobes, with tufts of hair in veins on leaf undersides, 3-7".
* End buds small, hairless, and sharp.
* Acorn cups brownish, hairless, often striped, shallow, saucerlike, 3/8-5/8" in diameter.
* Lower branches point downward.
* Height: 70-80'.

Natural History:
* Habitat: Moist woods and bottomlands, also dry uplands; the pin oak is adapted to fire.
* Range: Massachusetts south to North Carolina and west to Iowa and Oklahoma.
* Native.

* Pin oak received its name from the numerous slender, pin-like branchlets and spurs protruding from the main trunk. The high number of branches makes for extremely knotted wood that is not often used for lumber.

* Pin oak is a valuable street tree because it tolerates city fumes and droughts.

Approved by NR


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008