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Pin Oak

Pin Oak Tree
The native pin oak is a hardy species and thus well suited for life in an urban park. Pin oaks are outnumbered in Central Park only by the black cherry. Pin oaks provide dense shade with lower branches that hang downward. Many magnificent stands of pin oaks throughout the Park provide plenty of shade, fall color, and food for squirrels. You can find pin oaks lining Central Park West, around the East Meadow and the Dairy.

Common Name: Pin Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus palustris

Origin: New England and north-central United States

Family: Fagaceae

Size: 75' tall, 40' wide

Form: Pyramidal shape when young, oval to gumdrop shape when older

Culture: Easily transplanted, fast growing for an oak; thrives in full sun, prefers moist, fertile, acidic, well-drained soils; needs adequate room to develop


3 - 6", alternate arrangement, five to seven sharply pointed lobes, fine textured


Pale, yellow-green catkins (male); monoecious (male and female organs); bloom in May


0.66" acorns, twelve years to mature


Stems greenish brown, smooth bark on medium-sized branches, main trunk with shallow ridges and furrows, look like ski slopes