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Nuttall OakQuercus nuttallii

  • Nuttal's Oak

This species is one of the most well-adapted oaks for general landscape use. It grows quickly, develops a good branching structure, tolerates wet soil as well as moderate drought, and has very few issues with insects and disease. All of which make the nuttall oak a great choice for urban and suburban spaces.

It can be right at home planted in a residential yard as a street, specimen, or shade tree or serve more commercial purposes when planted in large parking lot islands or median strips on a highway.

Hardiness Zones

The potted nuttall oak can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 6–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a shade tree, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight.

Mature Size

The nuttall oak grows to a height of 40–60' and a spread of 35–50' at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This tree grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The nuttall oak grows in acidic, loamy, sandy, moist, wet, well-drained, and clay soils. It is also moderately drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Produces fall color that changes from yellow to orange to red.
  • Features lustrous, dark green deciduous leaves that are 4" to 9" long with deep lobes and wide, rounded sinuses.
  • Yields oblong acorns that are ¾" to 1¼" long with a turbinate (bumpy) cap.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Tolerates wet soil and moderate drought.