Quercus acutissima - Sawtooth Oak

Family - Fagaceae

Size - 40 to 50 feet in height, spread is variable; some trees on campus are pyramidal while others are broad and rounded. Growth rate can be very fast; the trees in this picture were 1" caliper, 6' tall in June 1991, and are 8"+ caliper and 25'+ in height in summer 1997.

Foliage - Alternate, simple, 4" to 5" in length and 1" to 1 1/2" in width; serrated, with bristly teeth terminating the veins. Very dark glossy green in summer, yellow to golden brown in Fall and persisiting on the tree through the Winter.

Flower/Fruit/Seed - Acorn, approximately 1" long. A good tree to plant for wildlife as trees begin bearing heavily at an early age, as young as 4 years.

Bark - Very ridged and furrowed, even so on young trees. Gray-brown in color.

Pests and Diseases - None noticed.

Landscape Use - Lawn or shade tree. Residential sites, parks, campuses. The heavy nut bearing tendency could be a nuisance around office or other commercial areas. Avoid parking areas and sidewalks.

Performance - 10 Excellent choice for a quick growing, adaptable, and pest free tree. It is becoming a lot more well known and used. Can give one shade in a relatively short time frame without the brittleness and breakage which is usually associated with such trees. Should be able to be used through zone 8. Hardy to probably zone 5.


Sawtooth Oak trees

Sawtooth Oak leaf

Sawtooth Oak in the Fall

Sawtooth Oak bark