Northern Pin Oak is an excellent choice of shade tree
The trees provide landscapes with shade, character, and gorgeous autumnal displays. Native to the north-central United States the trees are hardy from zones 3 to 9 and can thrive in difficult soils. Though they prefer sandy, well-drained, slightly alkaline to neutral soils, there are oaks capable of doing well in clay soils if other conditions are met. Plant these trees in full sun with plenty of space for them to spread their limbs. Mature trees have a 40- to 60-foot spread, making them an excellent choice for those who enjoy picnics and cookouts in their yard on hot summer days.
Northern Pin Oak can be a focal point with its glossy green and reddish foliage
The tall tree's many, deeply textured leaves are glossy green on the upper side while new branchlets take on reddish tones. A handsome specimen, the tree can act as a sentry at the front of a home or a focal point to ample space. Upper branches lift into a rounded crown while lower branches dip for maximum shade and shelter.
Northern Pin Oak only produces acorns every 2 or 3 years
Oaks are often seen in open spaces surrounded by lawns and natural meadow landscapes. The tree's deep roots allow for easy mowing, and they don't interfere with annual flowers or perennial beds.
Northern Pin Oak's growth rate is slow to moderate, and their thick limbs offer a sturdy appearance. The bark is thin and gray, with undertones of yellow. The pinnate leaves take on a classic oak leaf shape and develop in clusters. Acorns are tidy and attract squirrels and other wildlife. Just before acorns begin to fall and squirrels scurry over the branches, oak leaves transform into fiery oranges and brilliant reds giving depth to otherwise dull landscapes.