Science, Tech, Math › Animals & Nature Reconsider Planting Pin Oak in Your Yard Share Flipboard Email Print Pin oak in autumn. (HelenOnline/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0) Animals & Nature Forestry Tree Planting and Reforestation Tree Identification Basics Arboriculture Tree Structure & Physiology The Science Of Growing Trees Conifer Species Individual Hardwood Species Pests, Diseases, and Wildfires Amphibians Birds Habitat Profiles Mammals Reptiles Wildlife Conservation Insects Marine Life Dinosaurs Evolution View More By Steve Nix Forestry Expert B.S., Forest Resource Management, University of Georgia Steve Nix is a natural resources consultant and a former forest resources analyst for the state of Alabama. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters. our editorial process Steve Nix Updated June 16, 2017 Pin Oak Quercus palustris Why You Should Not Plant Pin Oak! Pin oak is one of America's most frequently planted trees and was polled the "most popular" shade tree by American Nurseryman Magazine. However, the tree grows into a gigantic tree and you need plenty of yard room - at least 600 sq.ft. Pin oak needs acid soil and "wet" feet so soil test first. Its leaves will turn yellow and decline in vigor if planted on alkaline soils. The tree can also be a maintenance problem because of a tendency to grow limbs low down the trunk. Redeeming Features Pin oak is actually a very beautiful tree and well worth planting on a proper site with plenty of room. Related Links "More Bad Trees"