Pin Oak

Quercus palustris

Family Fagaceae


Notable Features
Leaves: Alternate*, deeply lobed*, smooth-edged leaves with bristle-tips* and approximately 5 to 9 lobes. Each leaf is smooth and hairless, has a glossy top and a somewhat dulled and lighter underside.
Twigs/Buds: Twigs smooth, hairless, and punctuated with alternate, straight, hairless buds*. Each bud is small, under ¼ inch (6 millimeters), and retains a sharp tip.
Bark: Bark a dark gray, with vertical, smooth grooves running up and down the length of the tree. Some horizontal creases break the flow.
Acorns: In autumn, the pin oak produces small acorns with a very thin, tight, and strongly-attached, flat and hairless cap*.
Size/Shape: A large tree, 70 to 80 feet (21-24 meters), with characteristic downward sloping lower branches and small pin-like twigs protruding from them.

Location on Campus

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Located on the green at the very entrance of the campus, to the left of the Brandeis University sign when entering the campus. Also found between Pollack and the Goldman-Schwartz Fine Arts building.

Uses
Like all other oaks, the acorns are edible, yet should be leached* so as to dispel the extremely bitter taste of the chemical tannin*. Occasionally the acorns of the White Oak and other members of the White Oak group* can be eaten without leaching. Leached and dried acorns can be candied in a sugar solution, eaten as nuts, or ground into a flour or meal.

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