A Technical Report from The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
Pin oak (Quercus palustris) is a fast growing, large maturing shade tree which has a pleasing oval-pryamidal shape. Leaves are a deeply lobed, glossy dark green during the summer. Fall color is highly variable, ranging from red to brown. During the dormant season, the unique fine dense branch structure can be seen.
Growth of pin oak is best in areas of full sun. Trees growing in shade are slow to mature and often die prematurely. Pin oak will grow in most types of acidic soils and it is known for its tolerance to heavy clay soil. Flooding during the winter and early spring is easily tolerated. Soils which are saturated for more than a few weeks during the growing season may be detrimental to tree growth.