What is a Sawtooth Oak?

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  • Last Modified Date: 05 September 2019
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A sawtooth oak is a type of oak tree that produces an abundance of acorns when fully mature. This tree is hardy and long lived, rarely becoming susceptible to disease. The leaves are of a rich green color in spring and summer, transforming to shades of golden-beige and brown in autumn. Leaves on the sawtooth oak have a jagged ridge to the shape, resembling that of a saw.

Upon maturity, the sawtooth oak tree will stand 50-70 feet (15-20 m) in height. This tree will average approximately the same dimensions in width. The sawtooth oak tolerates dry climates fairly well and does not require heavy rainfall to thrive. It also does well in partial to full sunlight. The scientific name for the sawtooth oak is quercus acutissima.

The leaves on the sawtooth oak tree may reach a span of 8 inches (20cm) wide. This oak tree is commonly found in North America, although its origins are in parts of eastern Asia. When the tree begins to produce acorns, there generally will be a large quantity of them. The first production will typically occur in autumn, with acorns being oblong in shape. This genus of oak will produce its acorns in the first to second year of life.


Many species of wildlife, primarily birds, will find nourishment in the acorns, which also have a distinctive taste. It is not the primary source of food for many species of wildlife, however, as the taste of the acorn is not preferred by some animals. In winter, when other food sources are not easily obtained, small rodents and other mammals may rely upon the acorns to survive.

Many landscapers and developers find this tree to be an excellent source of shade. This is primarily due to its wide girth. The sawtooth oak also grows rapidly, making it a favorite among those who choose to plant this genus in yards. This tree is especially favored among those who live on farms the southern United States. Many nature lovers and bird watchers prefer to plant this shady oak tree on their property, as it will attract various species of wildlife throughout the year.

It should be noted that this genus of oak should not be planted in areas that are prone to becoming saturated from rainfall. Allowing adequate drainage will help this tree to remain strong and healthy. Seedlings should be planted in moderately moist soil for best results.



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