The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Pin Oak Quercus palustris

Pin Oak leaf Pin Oak is a native of NE and central USA and, as its scientific name suggests, is naturally a wetland tree growing in marshland or poorly-drained soil.

It is very similar in leaf to Scarlet Oak. In that species the indentations in the leaf (sinuses) are like a slightly squashed "C" whereas in this species they are a broad "U" shape. Also this species has tufts of brown hairs in vein axils on the underside where as Scarlet Oak has few hairs beneath.

The autumn leaf colour tends to be more bronzey unlike Scarlet Oak which turns red.

Location : one donated tree planted below Firs Hill; Compartment 25, square M10.