A large shade tree with symmetrical form and straight branching, this nativar is a distinct improvement over the species. Foliage is more substantial and darker green, and shows excellent red fall color. Northern pin oak in the wild is typically a small tree growing on poor sandy soils. In full sun and deep, well-drained soil it can become a substantial tree – the largest specimen is 128’ tall and almost 5’ in diameter! Although the common name suggests an affinity with pin oak (Q. palustris) , traditional botanists consider the tree more closely related to scarlet oak (Q. coccinea). Genetic studies though suggest that the tree has its closest affinity to black oak (Q. velutina). Oaks are taxonomically complicated!