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SPECIES:  Quercus ellipsoidalis


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Quercus ellipsoidalis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : QUEELL SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : QUEL COMMON NAMES : northern pin oak Hill's oak jack oak TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for northern pin oak is Quercus ellipsoidalis E. J. Hill [21]. It is in the subgenus Erythrobalanus, or red (black) oak group [23]. There are no recognized subspecies, varieties, or forms. Northern pin oak hybridizes with the following species [21,29]: x Q. rubra (northern red oak) x Q. velutina (black oak): Q. xpalaeolithicola Trel. LIFE FORM : Tree FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Northern pin oak has a limited range; it is largely confined to the middle and western parts of the Great Lakes region. It occurs from central Michigan east to noth-central Wisconsin, eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and northern Indiana. Disjunct populations occur in northern Ohio, Arkansas, and extreme southeastern North Dakota [6,10,23]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES10 White - red - jack pine FRES15 Oak - hickory FRES18 Maple - beech - birch FRES19 Aspen - birch FRES39 Prairie STATES : AR IL IN IA KS MI MN MO ND OH WI BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K081 Oak savanna K082 Mosaic of K074 and K100 K083 Cedar glades K095 Great Lakes pine forest K099 Maple - basswood forest K100 Oak - hickory forest K102 Beech - maple forest K107 Northern hardwoods - fir forest SAF COVER TYPES : 1 Jack pine 14 Northern pin oak 18 Paper birch 19 Gray birch - red maple 21 Eastern white pine 23 Eastern hemlock 40 Post oak - blackjack oak 42 Bur oak 43 Bear oak 46 Eastern redcedar 62 Silver maple - American elm 53 White oak 55 Northern red oak 60 Beech - sugar maple 108 Red maple 110 Black oak SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Northern pin oak is a common component in central upland deciduous forest. It is pure or comprises a majority of the stocking in varying mixtures with white oak (Quercus alba), black oak (Q. velutina), scarlet oak (Q. coccinea), bur oak (Q. macrocarpa), or northern red oak (Q. borealis) [10]. The following published classifications list northern pin oak as a dominant or codominant species: Classification of forest ecosystems in Michigan [26] Field guide to forest habitat types in northern Wisconsin [19]


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE : Like several other oaks, northern pin oak can be used to make furniture, flooring, and interior finishing. IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : Northern pin oak acorns provide food for a variety of wildlife species including gray squirrels, white-tailed deer, and blue jays [11,17]. Wood ducks, eastern kingbirds, and the federally endangered Kirtland's warbler utilize trunk cavities of northern pin oak as nesting sites [13,15,22]. PALATABILITY : NO-ENTRY NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : Northern pin oak is useful for rehabilitating disturbed sites. It has a deep root system, xeromorphic leaves, low water potential thershold for stomatal closure, and the ability to adjust osmotically. Northern pin oak can maintain high rates of photosynthesis during drought and survives on nutrient-poor soils [2,4]. OTHER USES AND VALUES : NO-ENTRY OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Depending on the manager's objectives, a number of silvicultural methods are appropriate for the regeneration of northern pin oak. Clearcutting is a good method to use if advanced reproduction is adequate to replace the harvested stand. The shelterwood system should be used if advanced reproduction is inadequate [28]. Northern pin oak is susceptible to oak wilt caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum. The disease is spread from tree to tree through root grafts and by sap-feeding beetles (Nitidulidae spp.) [7,29].


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Northern pin oak is a small to medium-sized, native, deciduous tree, typically reaching heights to 70 feet (21 m) [14,21]. It has an irregularly shaped crown and low-hanging branches that persist for long periods as dead stubs, giving a ragged appearance to the trunks [9]. Northern pin oak has a deep taproot and deep widespreading lateral roots [4]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Phanerophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : Sexual: Northern pin oak is monoecious. Seed production begins when the tree is about 20 years old. Good seed crops are not produced every year and in the off years many of the acorns are destroyed by weevils [10,23]. Seed dissemination is by squirrels, blue jays, and gravity [16,17]. Vegetative: Northern pin oak sprouts from the root collar or stump if top-killed or cut [25,32]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Northern pin oak is an upland xeric species that commonly grows on dry, acid, sandy soils with a very thin organic layer. It most often occurs on sandy plains and sandstone hills, and develops into extensive pure populations only on such sites [9,10]. Northern pin oak is the most drought tolerant of all black oaks [2]. Common tree associates not listed in Distribution and Occurrence include eastern hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), pignut hickory (Carya glabra), shagbark hickory (C. ovata), and pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica). Common shrub associates include American green alder (Alnus crispa), lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), American hazel (Corylus americana), serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.), snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), and willow (Salix spp.) [3,10,18,29]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Faculative Seral Species. Northern pin oak is very intolerant and does not reproduce under its own shade [2,26]. The other oaks with which it is commonly associated are less light demanding and thus tend to succeed it. Successsion is toward a white oak-black oak-northern red oak and bur oak communities. In central Wisconsin, eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is encroaching on northern pin oak communities. In parts of eastern Minnesota where pine is absent, northern pin oak forms an edaphic climax on poor sandy soils [10]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : Flowering occurs from March to May. Staminate flowers develop from leaf buds of axils of the previous year, whereas the pistillate flowers develop from buds formed during the current year. The fruit ripens in 2 years; dispersal occurs from late August to early December [23].


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Northern pin oak is well adapted to fire. The thermal insulating properties of the bark of mature trees allow it to survive even annual burning [24]. Smaller trees are easily damaged by surface fires but will sprout vigorously from the root collar or stump after top-kill [8,9]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Tree with adventitious-bud root crown/root sucker


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Fire has very little effect on pole-sized or larger northern pin oak. In eastern Kansas annual prescribed burning had very little effect on trees larger than 10 inches (25 cm) d.b.h. [1,3,5]. However, 13 years of annual burning in Minnesota greatly reduced northern pin oak populations, primarily by killing smaller diameter stems [33]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Northern pin oak is generally favored by fire. After an early spring fire in northeastern Wisconsin, northern pin oak sprouted vigorously and maintained the preburn density of 30 trees per acre (74/ha) [31]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : NO-ENTRY FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Quercus ellipsoidalis
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