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Northern Pin Oak 

No other tree anchors a landscape and provides shade like the mighty oak tree. And if raking leaves is an issue you had rather not deal with, then a pin oak tree may be the perfect tree choice to plant in your landscape to provide shade and long-lasting beauty. This deciduous hardwood tree is stout and hardy, frequently planted on the sides of busy streets because it can withstand and thrive in poor soil and air conditions. Pruning, feeding or watering is not required by this resilient hardwood 

The thin, glossy green leaves of the pin oak turn brilliant shades of red during fall. The narrow leaves decompose quickly and add nutrients to the soil when left where they fell or raked and gathered for use in a compost pile or as garden mulch.

Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 60'-70'ft

Width: 25'-40'ft

Shape: Pyramid Shape

Growth: Fast growing

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: Any well-drained soil

Botanical name: Quercus Palustris

Branches of the pin oak grow in an unusual and distinctive pattern: the top branches grow upward, middle branches grow horizontal, and the lower branches slope downward. Pin oaks produce small acorns that are food for several species of wildlife, including squirrels and deer.


The Northern Pin Oak's most prominent feature is its glossy dark green leaves that transform into a creamy autumn mix of scarlet and bronze during the fall season. These beautiful colors will spruce up the yard of any home or landscape. The majestic oak has a distinctive branching pattern, different from many other trees. The name Pin Oak comes from it's short, robust branchlets found along the branches and limbs. These branches provide an ample amount of shade, capable of blocking out direct sunlight. These branches offer the perfect ambiance for any family that wants to enjoy their time relaxing outdoors, without having to worry about the heat or sun. In addition to providing shade, its branching structure is more sturdy and the wood stronger, resulting in a typically longer lifespan.