QUERCUS palustris

Commonly known as Pin oak, swamp Spanish oak

Deeply lobed leaves. Good autumn colour.
  • Deciduous
    Deeply lobed, glossy, mid-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long, are broadly tapered at the bases with large tufts of hairs in the vein axils beneath. Autumn colours of scarlet to red-brown
  • Height
    25m (80ft)
  • Spread
    12m (40ft)
  • Tree
    Fast-growing tree with pendent lower branches and smooth, grey bark. Acorns are almost spherical
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

QUERCUS palustris



  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, gall wasps, oak wilt, honey fungus, powdery mildew
    Place of origin
    Eastern USA
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Woodland garden
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Toxic - Category C
    Harmful if eaten
    Pets, i.e. cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, notably dogs
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
25m (80ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  12m (40ft)

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