Pin oak

Quercus palustris

Deciduous, from eastern and central USA.

Medium-sized trees, growing to 40m. Younger trees have a pyramid shape; older trees have a more open, spreading canopy. Maximum lifespan 120 years.

Pin oaks are popular street trees because they are easy to transplant, grow quickly, and can
tolerate pollution.

Young trees under 6m do not lose their (dead) leaves in winter, a habit known as ‘marcescence.’

As with other ‘red oak’ species, the round acorns are too bitter for people to eat – but wildlife species will turn to them after their preferred ‘white oak’ acorns have run out.

Find the Pin Oak

105 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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