This fine-textured oak has inconspicuous wind pollinated flowers which open in April just a the leaves begin to emerge (males are catkins, females little spikes), very deeply lobed shiny leaves with bristle tipped points turn a warm red/russet in fall, tiny acorns are great wildlife food for many mammals and birds, mature trees are pyramidal at the top with characteristic downward sloping lower branches, holds leaves most of the winter (like most oaks), salt and sand tolerant, likes acid soil, rapidly growing, good for large Rain gardens, host plant for lots of butterflies and moths including the Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus) and the fabulous Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polphemus), fine twigged (hence the 'Pin' moniker), develops broad spreading roots.
60-80 feet tall (40 to 60 feet wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b
Native Range: ME through s ON to WI, south to OK, GA & MS
Germination - Easy: Cold stratify 4 weeks
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