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Inclusion in Plant ID / Comparison Guides

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collage of Northern Red Oak and Pin Oak

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) vs. Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)

Updated July 30th, 2020

These trees are sometimes confused, mainly because they are both common in landscaping and both have pointy-lobed leaves, but they are easily distinguished by leaves, acorns, and growth habit. In the wild, pin oak is found on wetter, sunnier sites and northern red oak on drier, more shaded sites, with relatively little overlap in habitat.

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collage of Pin Oak and Scarlet Oak

Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) vs. Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea)

Updated November 6th, 2019

These plants are frequently confused, especially when used as landscaping plants, because both have deeply-cut leaves. Wild plants have almost opposite habitat preferences and rarely occur together. Pruning of landscaping plants can also make ID difficult by obscuring shape. Plants can be easily distinguished by acorns, and with more effort, by pubescence on buds and leaf shape.

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The other guide is not yet completed and published.