Quercus palustris (Pin Oak or Swamp Spanish Oak) is a medium sized deciduous tree ideal for parklands, large gardens or avenues. Native to North America it was introduced to Europe in the early 1800s.
Botanical Name: Quercus palustris Common Name: Pin Oak/Swamp Oak Height: 20-25 Meters Crown: Broad spherical later rounded Bark: Smooth grey bark, shallow grooves when mature, olive coloured twigs Leaf: Sharply serrated lobes, shiny on both sides, green Flowers: Gold coloured catkins in April/May Fruits: Flattened spherical acorns approx 1cm Autumn Colour: Dark red scarlet Suitability: Solitary specimen or street tree Soil: All types preferably nutritious and acid Wind Resistance: Good Brief Description: A medium sized reasonably fast growing deciduous tree reaching to 20-25 meters tall. The crown will spread across 8-14 meters. It has a characteristic straight main trunk with horizontally growing branches. The bark is grey and smooth developing shallow grooves when more mature. Shiny green leaves have between 2 and 4 sharply serrated lobes turning a beautiful red to scarlet in autumn making it a very popular ornamental tree.
The most notable feature of Quercus palustris is the unusual foliage which is deeply cut with pointed lobes. In the autumn it turns to fiery russets, reds and oranges