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Quercus palustris
Pin Oak
Family: Fagaceae

This tree is conical shaped and grows relatively fast for an oak. Its bark is gray and lacks the fissures of other oaks. The predominant growth pattern of its strong stiff lower branches is horizontal, giving a layered look to the tree, much like that of the tupelo tree. The shiny green leaves of pin oaks turn scarlet to reddish brown in autumn. Acorns on the pin oak are small and inconspicuous. Because of its stiff, horizontal branches, the tree presents a more formal, somewhat harsher appearance than other red oaks or more rounded white oaks.

Hardiness zones 5-8. Pin oaks are located in front of the Administrative buildings. One was planted in 1988 and one more recently was planted in 2001.

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