Quercus palustris. PIN OAK. Eastern United States
FAGACEAE (Oak or beech family)
In its native habitat, pin oak is a tall deciduous tree used for firewood. The leaves are about 4 inches long with very deeply cut bays between the seven lobes, each of which has a couple of bristles. The leaves are glossy above and paler below and do not all necessarily fall in winter. The acorn is plump, set in a shallow cup and only about ½ inch long. See two on Lomita Mall near the southwest corner of the Main Quad, three southwest of Crothers Hall on Galvez Mall, and an avenue of more than two dozen on Governor’s Avenue from Elliott Program Center toward Campus Drive West.
Other campus oaks: Quercus -- Oak Notes | Quercus agrifolia | Quercus alba | Quercus cerris | Quercus chrysolepis | Quercus coccifera calliprinos | Quercus coccinea | Quercus diversifolia | Quercus douglasii | Quercus engelmannii | Quercus greggii | Quercus ilex | Quercus kelloggii | Quercus lobata | Quercus macrocarpa | Quercus marilandica | Quercus mexicana | Quercus palustris | Quercus parvula shreveii | Quercus robur | Quercus rubra | Quercus suber | Quercus virginiana | Quercus wislizeni
Illustrations (links open new windows): oak galleryAdditions/Revisions: Q. palustris here sometimes retains its dead leaves. Often the lower leaves are retained but the upper ones are blown off by the wind. The shape of Q palustris is thinner (more pin-like), with downward reaching branches, overall more pyramidal. Q. palustris is susceptible to manganese deficiency, and the pair at the south end of Lomita Mall sometimes show this.
Name derivation, genus | speciesRelated material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library |