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Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak

Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies'

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Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies'

Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies'

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Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies' in fall

Quercus ellipsoidalis 'Majestic Skies' in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  45 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Hill's Oak

Description:

An attractive shade tree with a pyramidal-oval habit of growth, pointy leaves and excellent rich red fall color; this variety produces straighter branching, substantial foliage and a more symmetrical shape; a great shade tree choice

Ornamental Features

Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak has dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The glossy lobed leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up. The furrowed gray bark and silver branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Majestic Skies Northern Pin Oak will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 45 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features