Pin Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus palustris

Pin Oak

Bloom Dates

May

Attributes

Deciduous

Plant Family

Fagaceae

Origin

New England and north-central United States

Form

Pyramidal shape when young, oval to gumdrop shape when older

Plant Size

75 feet tall, 40 feet wide

Description

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.

Pin Oak Leaves

Leaves

3-6 inches, alternate arrangement, five to seven sharply pointed lobes, fine textured
Pin Oak Fruit

Fruit

0.66 inch acorns, twelve years to mature
Pin Oak Flower

Flower

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

Bark

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