Types of Trees: Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)

Writer Hal Borland said in A Countryman’s Woods, “The pin oak pleases me for reasons I cannot wholly explain.” Although we understand his sentiment, we can find several reason as to why this tree is so pleasing!

The Quercus palustris or Pin Oak is a medium-sized deciduous tree and is a popular landscaper’s choice for many reasons. Native to eastern and central United States, it works very well as a shade tree and is easier than most oaks to transplant because of its shallow, fibrous root system. The beautiful leaves become a brilliant red in Autumn and provide an effective colour show that is impressive to behold.

This tree is also a relatively fast-grower, increasing in height about 60cm or more a year. It tolerates city pollution well and it also tolerates wet conditions quite well although it prefers acidic, rich well-drained soils.

The Quercus palustris gets its common name from short, pin-like branchlets off the main branch. It is different to most oaks in that it does not have heavy, horizontal branches but rather thinner branches that spread out and up, with lower branches drooping downwards. This tree is effective as a street tree, but mass plantings of pin oaks have led to spread of disease, therefore a variety of trees are suggested for street plantings and avenues. Excellent as both a shade or feature tree, it also works well in large gardens and parks.

A fantastic example of Pin oaks used as street trees and park trees can be seen below along the Bergriver Boulevard, which can be found at Google Maps right here.

Right now we stock 40L, 100L, 200L, 400L and 1000L of this tree, but you can head to our website for more information!

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