February 5, 2006
Pin Oak, Quercus palustrus
The distinctive shape of young pin oaks makes them easy to identify
from afar. They have a conical shape, with the upper branches pointing
up, the middle branches pointing out, and the lower branches pointing
down. In winter many, like this one near the Water Department, hold
their leaves. As the trees mature, they lose their symmetric shape.
There are a number of large pin oaks near the end of Beech Path that
abuts the road close to Lusitania Field.