Quercus palustris

Common name: Pin Oak

Native plant

One of the more common in our urban landscapes, unfortunately, it is almost always misplaced. Pin Oak loves wet feet. In fact, when we find it in the wild, it is always near a water course, on the flood-plain or in a wet depression of some kind. The yellowing of the leaves during the mid-summer months is usually due to it being placed on a site that is not suitable. The form of Pin Oak is quite nice.  Its lower limbs hang low, and its crown is tightly branched. The red, yellow and orange fall colors can be stunning, but if the tree is not placed properly, it goes straight to a light brown. We resisted growing this oak for years, having the opinion that there were not native populations left in our area. We have since found a few populations and see a need for it in our native landscapes. If you’re looking for an oak for a wet yard or by a pond, you can use this oak.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Yards that Flood

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Catkin

Fall color

Orange Red

Size

Mature height
50 Feet
Mature width
40 Feet
Max height
65 Feet
Max width
50 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds

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