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Oak, Sawtooth Quercus acutissima

Sawtooth Oak - Quercus acutissima
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As one of the fastest growing trees in its youth, the Sawtooth Oak is an attractive shade tree with dark lustrous summer foliage and clear yellow to golden brown fall leaves. Adaptable to any soil condition except alkaline. One inch acorns are quite popular with wildlife. Grows 40'-60' with a 40' to 60' spread. (Zones 5-9)

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Zones 5 - 9 Zones 5 - 9
Hardiness Zones 5 - 9
The Sawtooth Oak can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Shade Tree Shade Tree
Type of tree
Shade Trees
40' - 60' High 40' - 60' High
Mature Height
The Sawtooth Oak grows to be 40' - 60' feet in height.
40' - 60' Spread 40' - 60' Spread
Mature Spread
The Sawtooth Oak has a spread of about 40' - 60' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth Medium to Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This oak does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Sawtooth Oak grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Pyramidal Shape Pyramidal Shape
Shape
This oak has pyramidal, rounded, spreading or horizontal shape.
Attributes

The Sawtooth is an attractive and durable shade tree that is adaptable to a wide range of soil/climate conditions. It is a valuable landscape tree due to its fairly fast growth.

Description

As one of the fastest growing trees in its youth, the Sawtooth Oak is an attractive shade tree with dark lustrous summer foliage and clear yellow to golden brown fall leaves. Adaptable to any soil condition except alkaline. One inch acorns are quite popular with wildlife. Grows 40'-60' with a 40' to 60' spread. (Zones 5-9)

Wildlife Value

Sawtooth oaks produce acorns at a very young age, providing food for many kinds of wildlife, especially wild turkeys.

History/Lore/Use

The native habitat of the Sawtooth Oak tree is Japan, Korea, China and the Himalayan Mountain range. The tree was introduced to America in 1862. It probably derives its name from the distinctive sawtooth-edged leaves it produces.

Moisture

This tree has normal moisture requirements, and has some drought tolerance.

Leaves

This tree has leaves that alternate, simple, dark green turning to bright yellow in autumn.

Flower Color

Brown-golden, can be attractive.

Bloom Time

Late March to early April.

Fruit Description

The fruit is oval, 1 inch long, attractive to wildlife.