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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Quercus palustris

Pin Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus palustris

Genus:

Quercus

Species Epithet:

palustris

Common Name:

Pin Oak

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fagaceae (Beech Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Swamps and bottomlands, especially the broader swamps developed in the sedimentary rocks of Triassic basins of the lower Piedmont, isolated upland sag ponds. Widely scattered over much or most of the NC Piedmont, and sparingly into the northwestern Coastal Plain. Apparently no confirmed records for the mountains. Mysteriously scarce in the state, considering its available habitats. It is rare and local, and apparently has declined considerably, perhaps to habitat loss. Seldom are more than a few individuals seen at any given site.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Frequently planted along city and town streets. Fast grower. This is an NC Watch List species.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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