Random Plant: Pin oak

Pin oak (Quercus palustris, Fagaceae) photographed 10/01/2010 near Clayton Michigan.

I came across this pin oak (Quercus palustris, Fagaceae) recently at a friend’s house.  Some of the leaves were starting to turn a brilliant deep red color with the onset of fall.  As with some other members of the family Fagaceae (beeches and oaks) this tree will likely retain its dead leaves through the winter.

Pin oak (Quercus palustris, Fagaceae) photographed 10/01/2010 near Clayton Michigan.

Although this tree is generally associated with low wet areas, this particular specimen was growing on a more elevated location.  The soil here was predominantly clay, which likely explains this observation.  Clay soils don’t drain as well as sandier soils, and the retained moisture would be beneficial to this tree.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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