The Pin Oak is a fast-growing oak that offers great shade, stunning fall colors, and is relatively easy to care for. It can be planted in a wide range of areas and generally thrives in planting zones 4 through 8. This hardy oak does best in moist, acidic, low-lying soil with high clay content and is highly resistant to dormant-season flooding. Unlike many other oaks, the pin oak develops quickly, growing at a rate of about 24 inches per year. It typically reaches a mature height of 80 to 90 feet at about 75 years of age, with some individuals reaching heights as great as 120 feet.
Amateur and professional landscapers alike would do well to make the pin oak a staple of their work. It's a great shade tree, with wide-reaching branches stretching as far as 40 to 50 feet at maturity. The symmetrical crown makes it a great choice for landscapes. When planted in the proper soil, the pin oak's significantly lobed leaves will turn an eye-pleasing bronze or scarlet in autumn. The oak's acorns provide food for many types of wildlife, including migratory waterfowl, deer, squirrels, woodpeckers, and blue jays. If you're a bird or wildlife lover, just find a pin oak stand during acorn dispersal season (September to early December) and enjoy the show!
The pin oak's shallow root system is another reason landscapers should love this tree. Transplanting is a breeze, and the tree itself endures the process with little in the way of complaint. Although the pin oak does need some care throughout its lifespan it is not a highly demanding tree. It's no surprise that the pin oak is such a popular sight in parks, yards, nature preserves, and golf courses throughout the world. With a little attention, the pin oak can provide your family with shade for generations to come.