Oak Fact Sheet
Family: Fagaceae - Beech family
Latin name: Quercus palustris
Common name: Pin oak
The form and fall color of pin oak make it a popular for ornamental. Pin oak is utilized by many game species, especially wood ducks, whitetail deer, and wild turkey.
- Buds; clusters of pointed buds located at tips of twigs
- alternate, 5 to 7 bristle tipped lobes with deep C-shaped sinuses.
- dark green during summer, changing to deep scarlet red in fall
- deciduous, but usually persisting on into winter.
- emerge soon after new leaves unfold in spring (April to mid-May).
- roundish, short stalked
- 3/8 to 1/2 inches long
- thin, shallow saucer-like cup
- require 16 to 18 months to develop from pollination to maturity
- mature acorns turns light brown to reddish-brown and drop from September to November
- the acorn photos were taken in mid-August and mid-September, but they may have been on different trees.
- Pin oak is often confused with scarlet oak (Q. coccinea) due to similar appearance. Scarlet oak is an upland species that prefers soils with good drainage on dry sites.
- Pests and Potential Problems
- Insect: Gypsy moth should be controlled when the trees are young, but older trees can tolerate infrequent defoliation.
- Diseases: oak wilt -Little can be done about oak wilt.
- Prolonged flooding may kill entire stands.
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