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Sawtooth Oak

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The sawtooth oak has a leaf that looks unlike most oak leaves. The leaves give the tree an almost shaggy appearance, which is reinforced by the sawtooth oak's shaggy-topped acorns. These acorns are bitter and eaten by squirrels only as a last resort.

Common Name: Sawtooth Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus acutissima

Origin: Japan, China, Korea, and the Himalayas

Family: Fagaceae

Size: 40 - 60' tall

Form: Wide spreading, dense rounded crown

Culture: Easily transplanted, prefers well-drained acidic soil, pH adaptable


3.5 - 7.5" long, alternate arrangement, simple and oblong; serrated, tooth-like edges


Pendulous yellow-green catkins (male), messy, bloom in May


Acorns enclosed in small rosette of irregular leaves (involucre) with spreading and recurved bars


Ridged and furrowed, ash brown, smooth grayish stems