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Northern Pin Oak
Quercus ellipsoidalis

Northern Pin Oak grows to a smaller size than most native white oak species. Found in savannas and dry prairie edges, it is known for its tolerance of dry, sandy, and rocky soils.

USDA symbol: QUEL

General Information

Plant TypeTree
Height80 to 100 feet or more
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorRed, Green
Northern Pin Oak (Northern Pin Oak<div><em class="small">Quercus ellipsoidalis</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Medium

Bloom MonthsMay
Larval Host ofButterflies, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedArchips fervidana, Erynnis brizo, Erynnis horatius

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


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