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Pin Oak (Quercus palustris Münchh.)

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Pin Oak
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A red oak of bottomland areas, with a large, heavy central trunk and abundant, small side branches.

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Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is widely planted in landscaping outside its native range, and often escapes. It has established only slightly north of its native range in a few places, which we mark as expanded rather than introduced because they are so close to its native range.

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Mostly occurs on flat, poorly-drained regions such as floodplains, flat upland areas, and higher ground in wetlands. Often occurs in clay soils where the clay prevents drainage, but also can grow in sandy soils. Only found in areas not subject to fire.


Widely planted as a landscaping tree, due to its rapid growth, ease of transplanting, single-trunk habit and lack of heavy side-branches, and tolerance to pollution and urban conditions.

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Pin Oak | Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) (About This Site)

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Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

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Quercus palustris (Pin Oak) | Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder (About This Site)

Pin Oak | Virginia Tech Dendrology Factsheets (About This Site)

Pin Oak | Silvics of North America (About This Site)

Quercus palustris | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

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