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Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)

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Pin Oak


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

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This tentative map is based on the FHWA's ERA. This data lacks information on Canada, but also overestimates native ranges, especially around the edges, as this post explains. We have not yet reviewed or fixed this map.

USDA Plants Profile for Quercus palustris

Illinois Wildflowers Page for Quercus palustris

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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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