Northern Pin Oak (Hill's Oak) (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

This species is characterized by its somewhat narrower or more columnar form in comparison to other oak species. Another characteristic is its drooping branches and stubs the latter sometimes referred to as "pin branches" on the lower portion of the tree trunk. Northern pin oak, like jack pine, is adapted to the sandy soils and droughty conditions of the pine plains and can readily sprout again when the trunk and crown are killed by wildfire.