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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

Leaves

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

Flower

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

Fruit

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

Bark

Ridged and furrowed, ash brown, smooth grayish stems