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Tree of the Week - October 10, 2005

Pin Oak in full Fall colorPin Oak

Quercus palustris--Pin Oak 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8 
Height: 70 ft
Spread: 40 ft
Form: pyramidal 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: more than 18 inches 

Comments: One of the faster growing oaks, the Pin Oak has a pyramidal form, and as it grows its lower branches are drooping ("pendulous"). Its leaves have distinct points, give a bronze fall color and stay on the tree through winter while the tree is young. Pin Oak grows in sun or partial shade and prefers a moist, rich, acid soil. The leaves develop chlorosis, a yellow color, due to iron deficiency, on high pH soil, but in better conditions develops a rich, shiny green.

The distinctive leaf shape of Pin Oak

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