FEATURED NATIVE TREE • PIN OAK
FEATURED NATIVE TREE: Quercus palustris, pin oak
Pin oak, one of the faster growing oaks, is naturally a wetland tree and develops a shallow, fibrous root system. It is a strongly pyramidal tree with a distinct central leader, growing 60 to 70 feet or taller. Instead of the gnarled, massive qualities of most oaks, pin oak has a more graceful, slender appearance – straight-trunked with spreading to horizontal branches, very slender pinlike twigs, and a broadly conical crown. Old trees become high-crowned after shedding lower limbs. Dark-green foliage becomes dark-red in fall. Leaves persist into winter.
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