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Pin Oak

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 50 - 70 Feet
  • Mature Spread 50 - 70 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

The Pin Oak is a balanced deciduous tree with ascending horizontal branches that puts on a stunning and colorful foliage display. Also known as Quercus palustris or Swamp Spanish Oak, this tree makes an excellent shade tree. The deeply lobed leaves are glossy green in the spring and summer but transition into russet, bronze, or red hues during the fall. This tree is large and elegant, and once it has had time to acclimate, the Pin Oak is also very low maintenance.

Use this oak tree to create a border or a focal point. The stately branches look stunning when this tree is used to line a street or driveway. The upright growth habit and naturally rounded canopy maintain a nice, natural shape. This tree will immediately become a home and hang out for birds and small animals, and it grows as a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 8.

Pin Oak Care

The Pin Oak requires full sun to reach its full potential. Plants grown in low light may have a difficult time acclimating. Soil should be rich, acidic, and well-drained. Water weekly for the first year, but the Pin Oak will not need as much care by the second year. Although, be prepared to step in and give the tree a drink during a drought, at least for the first few years.

Dead or damaged branches can be removed at any time of year, although it may be easier to trim the tree in the fall or winter after the foliage has dropped. The Pin Oak is not a heavy feeder, so it is not necessary to fertilize this tree.

Pin Oak Spacing

The Pin Oak is a large, upright tree. The branches can spread 40 to 60 feet wide and reach 50 to 70 feet tall. Plant this tree at least 15 to 20 feet away from buildings or other trees.

Pin Oak Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 50 - 70 Feet
Mature Spread: 40 - 60 Feet
Spacing: 40 - 60 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Greenish-Yellow
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Dark Green Leaves Turn To Shades Of Russet, Bronze Or Red In The Fall
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Bees, Birds, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest
Common Name: Pin Oak
Other Name(s):

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.