Northern Pin Oak (quercus
One of the smaller of the oak trees, it reaches a maximum height of
20m (65ft) at maturity. The Latin name quercus
ellipsoidalis comes from the shape of the acorns which are thinner compared to standard
acorns. This tree is often planted as an ornamental because of its autumn leaf colour and
its ability to grow well in barren sandy soil.
Do not confuse this tree with the Pin Oak which is a different species of
The leaves are a semi-glossy dark green which turn bright red in
autumn /fall. There are two to five deep lobes with pointed ends to them. The leaves
are 6 to 13cm (2� -5in) long and narrower. Each leaf is held on a long stem.
The bark is generally less lined compared to other oaks and the
lower part of the stem often shows sign of low branches which have died and fallen
off (see left). The wood is infrequently used.
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