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Growing straight and true, Pin Oak is a noble shade tree for spacious properties. This fairly fast-growing legacy tree will shade your deck, frame distant views, or line your driveway in style. Oak trees are not known for having excellent fall color, but there are a few exceptions and Pin Oak is one, developing a rich bronzy-red color. The dried leaves often hang on through the winter, adding a bit more sight blockage in the off-season when planted for screening. And the sound of the wind rustling through Pin Oak leaves is a pleasant winter sound—as long as you know there’s a fire in the fireplace and hot cocoa waiting for you when you go back inside.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 30-40'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Majestic Pin Oaks line the driveway to Graceland. On the day of his funeral, Elvis Presley was being carried from his home by his pallbearers and good friends along the tree lined driveway. A limb from one of the Pin Oak trees fell, just missing them. This was found to be uncharacteristic for this tree. Elvis always joked that he would come back after he died and let them know that he was ok. One of his friends remarked “we knew you would be back, just not so soon.” There are over 20 different trees at Graceland, each labeled for visitors. Elvis used trees as a natural buffer between him and his fans.
You can pin your 'oaks' on this one! In autumn its lustrous, dark green leaves turn every shade of red, making a striking contrast to the tree's smooth, gray bark. Its tidy, conical silhouette gives it an air of stateliness. It's easy to grow and will make a magnificent specimen tree for your yard.
How to Grow
Oak trees enjoy full sun, but soil conditions are where these two trees differ. Pin Oaks require acid soil; if the soil isn’t acidic enough the leaves will turn yellow. Red Oaks, on the other hand, can tolerate a wider range of soil conditions. Oaks can have an irregular growth habit while young, but it will straighten out in time. (Kind of like that scrawny kid in elementary school that grows into the star quarterback on the high school football team – see, it all works out)! Applying a medium to high rate fertilizer in the fall should help it out too. Just applying it once a year for the first few years should be enough. The more fertilizer you give your Oak tree – the more it will grow! Oaks are another example of trees that don’t need a lot of pruning. Oak trees are relatively pest free. You may have an occasional problem with scale, which are tiny sucking insects usually found in clusters along branches and leaves.
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Size A Trees:
6-7' tall. Grown in our #7 tree container. This tree is a great legacy tree that will thrive for generations. May require staking at this size.
Size B Trees:
8-10' tall. Branching structure fully developed, grown and shipped in our #15 tree container in this size. Heavy stem caliper over 1 1/2".
Size C Trees:
10-12’ tall. Fully developed branching. Landscape ready shipped in our #25 tree container.
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