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Sawtooth Oak

Scientific Name

Quercus acutissima



Native to China, Japan and Korea.  Originally introduced to the United States around 1920.  


Prefers well drained to moderately well drained soils with a pH greater than 5.0. Grows best in full sun to partial shade.  Prefers open areas.   

Growth Nature

Can reach a height of 50 70 ft. with a spread of 60 ft.  Pyramidal shaped when young with striated bark. Leaves are serrated, similar to a chestnut tree, which gives it its name.  

Points of Interest

  • Originally introduced because it begins producing acorns after its 4th year. Most other oaks do not produce until they are 25 30 years old. 

  • Its primary use today is for production of food for wildlife.  It is a prolific and consistent acorn producer. 

  • In late summer and early fall the trees provide food for crows, blue jays, turkey, deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and a variety of other species.

  • A relatively pest-free plant.

  • Does not do well in flooding areas.  Acorns left in water more than 24 hours will not germinate.