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Audubon® Pin Oak
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Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Popular with people and with birds! Because of its fine form, durability, ease of transplanting, and relatively fast growth, Pink Oak is perhaps the most commonly planted Oak Tree. Like other Oaks, it’s a boon to birds as well. The small but bountiful acorns feed jays, woodpeckers, ducks, and turkeys, and the insects attracted to this native tree feed wrens, warblers, chickadees, cardinals, mockingbirds, and countless other birds. In addition, the twiggy but strong branches make fine nesting sites for tree-dwelling birds. Recommended for both rural and urban spaces, Pin Oak gives birds a boost everywhere.
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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The name pin oak comes from its short, tough branchlets located along the branches and limbs. Interestingly it lines 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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