The Northern Pin Oak – (Quercus ellipoidalis) is a lovely native tree that can handle a wide variety of soil types, and shows excellent reddish fall color, as well as a nice rusty brown throughout the winter since it is one of the varieties that usually holds spent leaves on the twigs almost until the buds swell the next spring.
Plant the Northern Pin Oak in moderately to well drained soil. If planted in fertile soil, the Northern Pin Oak will grow into a beautiful tree in just a few years time. Do not confuse this tree with the Eastern Pin Oak (Quercus Palustris) which often falls victim to iron chlorosis when it encounters alkaline soils in southern Minnesota.
This tree will reach a mature height of 50′-60′ and a width of 45′ making it an absolutely wonderful shade tree.