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B: Pin Oak

Quercus palustris

This tree has a diameter of 45 inches and circumference of 141 inches


This fast-growing hardwood has distinctive, deeply-lobed leaves and a full, pyramid-shaped canopy. It has a relatively small range covering the central and eastern United States, and can survive in low, wet areas where other trees struggle. The Pin Oak’s acorns support many valuable game species, including wood ducks, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey.


The name “pin oak” refers to the slender, pointed twigs that grow from this tree’s branches. You can identify a Pin Oak by its deeply lobed leaves, which have pointed tips. Its thin, gray bark is smooth for many years, though older trees develop ridges and furrows.

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