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.