Most all types of Oaks have a central tap root that goes deep and must remain intact; if it is broken the tree will die.
The Pin Oak is the only Oak tree you will ever see on a nursery lot that has any kind of size to the trunk for sale; the Pin Oak does not have a central tap root, it bushes out in all directions like all the other shade trees in your neighborhood.
Bur Oaks, Scarlet Oaks, and so on will not be found in a 1 ½” to 2”caliber trunk sizes at your favorite Garden Center, the bucket they would need at that age of their life would be too immense. But the Pin Oak’s growing pail could be around two feet across and equally as deep; making nursery sales very lucrative, and transporting in your SUV very doable.
The Pin Oak gives you the pointy leaves, the acorns, and in time, the majestic oak tree look; and it gives you this from the starting point of a 2 to 3 inch trunked purchase, instead of a squirrel handing you a Bur or Scarlet Oak acorn and saying “hey buddy! Plant this for me would ya”.
The Pin gets to 70 feet tall and around 40 foot wide. Like all shade trees it likes full sun, and is a fairly fast grower where oaks are concerned; up to 24” a years. It doesn’t mind what kind of soil you plant it in, but make sure you give it plenty of water after you plant it.
Fall color is where it shines the most. Green turns to red and hangs on for a long time in keeping with the “never let go” Oak tradition.
An Oak is an investment in “time” typically; the Pin Oak hurries that long a bit.