What is wrong with my pin oak?

prm317October 31, 2009

I have 2 pin oaks both planted at the same time 16 years ago. They about 35-40 ft apart. One retains its leaves until Late Feb/early March (as it should). The other will lose its leaves in the Fall. Also the one that loses its leaves in the fall will leaf out about 2 weeks later in the spring. This pattern has gone on as long as I can remember. Other than this the tree shows no signs of distress. Both trees after 16 years of growth are virutally the same size, both in height and width. Should I be concerned that there is something wrong with the pin oak that loses its leaves in the Fall?

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tree_oracle(z6b MA)

There's no problem. Just some natural variation. If you look in nature, you'll see some oak trees keep their leaves longer than others of the same species.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 10:56AM
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terrene(5b MA)

I have 2 large Pin oaks in the yard, neither one of them retains its leaves over the winter. Perhaps this is just their genetic nature, or maybe it has something to do with being in very windy locations with a northwest exposure.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 11:43AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Who in their right mind would want to rake up leaves in the spring when the bulbs are coming up, or multiple times during the winter? I have no room in my garden for such a tree. It would spoil the rest of it.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 4:07PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

discussed in a recent post... was genetic variation in oak tree production ...

frankly there is no way to predict what the genes are in the acorn planted ...

and though they may share leaf shape and general growth pattern and shape.. there must be something differing way deep down in the genetic code ...

if you could ID oaks that shed fall leaves.. you would begin to speculate what is in the mix

ken

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 4:36PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

which would mean.. there is nothing wrong.. and you dont need to do anything....

ken

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 4:37PM
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idaho_gardener

Who in their right mind would want to rake up leaves in the spring when the bulbs are coming up, or multiple times during the winter? I have no room in my garden for such a tree. It would spoil the rest of it.

LOL

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 11:05PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Pin Oak has plenty of variation. My parents' large Pin Oak always shed all its leaves in the fall, while the neighbors' tree always held them green later, changed them later, and held plenty of dead ones through the winter.

Unfortunately, my parents' tree is now more than 50% infected with Xylella fastidiosa, so many of its leaves are lost long before they would normally drop :(

    Bookmark   November 12, 2009 at 1:40AM
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