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Oak, Sawtooth Quercus acutissima

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: 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:
The Sawtooth Oak falls into the following type(s): 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.

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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.