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The Pin Oak tree, Quercus palustris, is a fairly large, vigorous tree with less of a spreading habit than most other oaks. It is tolerant of damp soils that flood in winter and it loves heavy clay. It is a good tree for built up urban areas, where there is room for it.
Pin Oak trees can reach a height of about 25 metres.
Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy younger Pin Oak saplings here.
Browse all of our other varieties of Oak here.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
General description of Pin Oak trees:
Pin Oak is a big, elegant tree with a relatively narrow canopy and thinner branches than our native oaks, which also droop at the tips and sway in a light breeze. Their autumn leaves are a rich, ruddy orange-russet colour, with a hint of hot bronze. Pin Oak thrives on damp, oxygen starved soils found in marshes and beside rivers or lakes with heavy clay banks. This also make them suitable for the inner city, where the soil is usually very compacted and covered in concrete and tarmac.
History & uses of Quercus palustris
Pin Oak is a North American and Canadian tree that was introduced to Britain in 1800. There are records of Pin Oaks in the USA that were a whopping 60+ metres tall; there are no Pin Oaks that big in Britain and they aren't as vigorous in our relatively cold climate. Pin Oaks have short lives for an Oak, up to about 200 years old. The timber is too knotty to have many uses, but it is good firewood.
All the accessories you need to plant a large tree, i.e. any Ornamental Standard or Bush or Half-Standard fruit tree.
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