Pin Oak

Quercus palustris

Pin Oak: Full Tree - Click for larger image
  • Family: Fagaceae

  • Straight trunk

  • Broad crown with spreading to horizontal branches

  • Height ranges from 15-27m (50-90')
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Distribution and Uses


  • Simple and alternate

  • Elliptical shape; typical leaves are 7-13cm (3-5") long and have 5-7 narrow lobes with bristles at ends

  • Wide, round, deep sinuses

  • Dark green and shiny from above

  • Tufts of brown colored hair at underside midvein angles

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Pin Oak: Leaves - Click for larger image
Pin Oak: Buds - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

  • Twigs reddish-brown, thin, and hairless

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  • Terminal buds clustered at end of twigs

  • Buds are pointed, small, hairless, and brown


Pin Oak: Acorns - Click for larger image
  • Practically round acorns

  • 12mm in length

  • Caps are thin

  • Caps saucer-shaped



  • Smooth, hard, dark grey-brown

  • No striations but rather scaly, short furrows

Distribution & Uses

  • Found on wet sites

  • Distribution range encompasses southern Ontario, parts of Vermont, southern areas of North Carolina, eastern parts of Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa

  • Not much wood craft use: dry wood twists out of shape and cracks
Pin Oak: Bark - Click for larger image