Pin oaks are great trees to have in residential properties. Do make sure you do a good job of identifying that your tree is indeed a pin oak and not a white oak. Pin oaks grow very sporadically. This is the easiest way to know your tree is a pin oak. Look up underneath the tree into the canopy and if there are limbs crossing over one another and going every which way it is probably a pin oak. Not many other trees have this quality to them. Also look for the leaf and the acorn. If it has an acorn then it is at least a member of the oak family. Leaves on a pin oak are shiny and smaller than that of white oak. The size of the tree will most likely be smaller as well. White oaks trees have not been recommended to be planted because of oak wilt and its effects on white oaks.
So the main thing you will notice that is happening to your pin oak tree that you have not identified is its leaves can start to turn yellow shades. Now don't go worrying to much just yet. This is a case of Iron Chlorosis and it can be treated at any stage of this disease. What you will notice if you do nothing is that the disease will start to spread throughout the tree and eventually (usually within months) leaves will start to come off of sections of the tree. With the whole tree dying in the course of a season.
Luckily this disease is the only devastating disease of pin oak and it is pretty easy to prevent. Here are some signs that your pin oak may need some attention:
Leaves are turning shades of yellow
Areas of the tree have died off
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