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Sawtooth Oak

Scientific Name

Quercus acutissima

 

Origin

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

Habitat

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.