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Quercus acutissima

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Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sawtooth Oak

Sawtooth Oak

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima) at Snavely's Garden Corner

Sawtooth Oak foliage

Sawtooth Oak foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A magnificent shade tree with a shapely upright-oval habit of growth and interesting bark, best for larger landscapes; extremely tough and adaptable, but needs acidic soil, leaves tend to remain into winter

Ornamental Features

Sawtooth Oak has dark green foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The serrated narrow leaves turn an outstanding harvest gold 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.

Landscape Attributes

Sawtooth 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

Sawtooth Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Sawtooth Oak will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from 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 250 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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

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