Delivery Date Determined By Size
The Northern Pin Oak in a black nursery pot covered in the dark green foliage on a white background

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 50-70' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 50-60' apart



  • Glossy green foliage with jagged edges buds in early spring and last through summer
  • Gorgeous deep red foliage in the fall 
  • Extremely easy to grow, flourishes in even the poorest soil composition 
  • Drought tolerant and disease resistant 
  • Hand selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box 

Northern Pin Oak

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Quercus ellipsoidalis

Regular price $625.00
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Why the Northern Pin Oak?

In an age when wildlife habitat is being destroyed on a daily basis, it’s good to know that you don’t have to stand by and feel helpless. You can plant native trees! Specifically, planting native Oak Trees is one of the best things you can do to support your local ecosystem. The Northern Pin Oak is a particularly valuable tree in the northern states. Besides serving as a great benefit to wildlife, this proud and noble tree will grace your property with welcome shade and natural beauty. When nights get frosty, its handsome, deep green leaves will take on autumnal hues, lighting up your landscape with a blaze of russet-red and scarlet foliage.

The Northern Pin Oak, native to the Upper Midwest states, is closely related to the Scarlet Oak, Red Oak, and Black Oak. It is also related to the more common Pin Oak you see planted so often in cities or wherever a tough shade tree is needed. One advantage of the Northern Pin Oak over the Pin Oak is that it is less insistent upon acid soil and thus less likely to turn chlorotic (yellow) in high-pH soils. In its native haunts, the Northern Pin Oak often inhabits poor, dry soil and there its growth is reduced, but in optimal conditions, it can become a mighty tree. The national champion, in Oakland County, Michigan, tops out at 103 feet, and its canopy is 117 feet wide.

How to use in the landscape?

Fall color on the Northern Pin Oak is variable, but it usually attains a good, deep red. The autumn color—as well as the tree’s general performance—is better in the North than in the South. Plant this valuable native tree in a location where you can enjoy the fall show, but also, where wildlife can access it as a food source!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a 'grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant

Plant Northern Pin Oak in a sunny area with lots of elbow room. The soil should be well drained and on the acidic side, though this tree is not as demanding of acidic soil as the closely related Pin Oak.

How To Water

Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season. After that, your tree should be able to get by on what falls from the sky, barring a very severe drought.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

No major pests or diseases affect Northern Pin Oak except for Oak wilt. Because of this destructive fungal disease, never prune your Northern Pin Oak when it is actively growing. Prune only during dormancy, from November through February.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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