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Northern Pin Oak


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Quercus ellipsoidalis shape

Quercus ellipsoidalis

  • Height: 50’ - 70’
  • Spread: 40’ - 60’
  • Site characteristics: Full sun, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils
  • Zone: 4 - 7
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates dry soils
  • Native range: North Central United States
  • pH: ≤ 7.5
  • Shape: Cylindrical shape and rounded crown; upper branches are ascending while lower branches are descending
  • Foliage: Dark green leaves in summer, russet-red in fall
  • Other: Elliptic acorns mature after two seasons
  • Additional: Tolerates neutral pH better than pin oak (Quercus palustris)
  • Pests: Oak wilt, chestnut blight, shoestring root rot, anthracnose, oak leaf blister, cankers, leaf spots and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests include scales, oak skeletonizers, leafminers, galls, oak lace bugs, borers, caterpillars and nut weevils.

Northern Pine Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis leaves
Photos: Joseph O’Brien, (left), and Bert Cregg, MSU (right).

Northern Pine Oak Leaves
Photo: Jesse Saylor, MSU.

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