Pin Oak


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Common Name
Pin Oak
Category
Trees,shrubs, Vines
ScientificName
Quercus palustris
Kingdom
Plantae
Phylum
Anthophyta
Class
Dicotyledoneae
Order
Fagales
Family
Fagaceae
Genus
Quercus
Species
palustris
SubSpecies
 

 

Description
Medium deciduous tree; leaves 3 – 6 in. (7.62 – 15.24 cm) long and usually with five very deep cut lobes; acorns 0.5 in. (1.27 cm) long with a shallow saucer-shaped cup
Size
80 ft. (24.38 m) tall
Ecological Role
The pin oak is a producer, transforming the sun’s energy into food energy. Its abundant acorns are food for waterfowl, especially wood ducks, and many other animals. It is one of the most dominant trees in its swamp habitat.
Fun Facts
The pin oak is sometimes referred to as the swamp oak because it grows so well on wet clay flats where water stands for several weeks. There are small spur-like structures on pin oak branches called branchlets, which were once used to fasten or pin barn timbers together. These branchlets cause many knots in the wood, making it inferior to other red oaks for lumber.
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Breeding
 
Eggs
 
Habitat
Wet, poorly drained ground; valley flats; sinkholes
Kentucky Distribution
All regions of Kentucky except Inner Bluegrass; most abundant in the Knobs, Western Coal Field, and the Jackson Purchase areas
Life Cycle
 
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Reproduction
Seed is in form of acorn; dispersal by wind, water, and animals
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Spawning
 
Status
Common
Uses
The pin oak is the most widely used tree for landscaping.
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Young
 
What We Can Do
 
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Website
http://www.exnet.iastate.edu/Pages/tree/pin-oak.html