It is a bottomland species, tolerates wet and poorly drained soils which are acidic.

Pin oak is fast growing, easy to transplant, should be used only on soils which are acidic; on basic (high p H) soils, they often exhibit iron deficiency chlorosis in which the leaves turn yellow and the veins remain green.

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The red oaks (red, pin, black, Northern pin, blackjack, and shingle) have mostly lobed leaves with bristle tips at the ends of the lobes, acorns requiring two growing seasons to mature and do not germinate until the following spring, and vessels without plugs.

Pin oak (native to the SE 1/4 of Iowa) is probably used more as a shade tree than any other oak.

It can be argued that, no other group of trees is more important to both rural and urban forests in Iowa.

Twelve different species of oaks are native to Iowa, although only a single species (bur oak) is found throughout the state.

It is the most western of the eastern oaks, extending all the way to the foothills of the Rockies where it is reduced to a shrub.

In pioneer days on the plains, it came to the rescue of unfortunate travelers who needed new wagon tongues, wheel hubs or spokes.Sioux City, Iowa, is the location of the Council Oak, so named because Lewis and Clark held council with the Native Americans under its already 150-year-old branches.Ever wonder what life was like in different countries, or over a hundred years ago? Iowa offers a plethora of interesting places where you can explore different cultures from different times in history, as well as get a unique glimpse into what Midwestern farm life used to be like.Certainly, prior to that designation and since, discussion has centered around whether a single species of oak should have been Iowa's state tree.Most woodlands and all communities have one or more species of oaks as a component.Exhibits range from prehistoric artifacts that date back to the time woolly mammoths walked the land, to Native American artifacts, to items from the first settlers back in the 1840s and 1850s.