Pin Oak

Quercus palustris
(Swamp Oak)


Kentucky horse farmers love to line their roads with pin oaks. The tree is fast growing and very graceful. Its straight truck supports slender, horizontal branches with pin-like twigs. The leaves are also long and slender. Wide deep cuts in the leaves and a very short, narrow point give the leaves this appearance. They turn from yellow to red in the fall. The acorns are fat one-inch nuts topped with a short warty, not scaly, cap. The name pin oak comes from the tough pin-like twigs that were used by pioneers as wooden pegs instead of nails.