Quercus acutissima

sawtooth oak

Outstanding Qualities

An excellent choice for a quick growing, adaptable, and pest free tree. Quercus acutissima is a large, attractive, wide-spreading, deciduous tree. On mature trees the branches are covered with pendant, golden catkins in spring. These are soon followed by new leaves which emerge a light yellow-green creating an exquisitely warm glow. The handsome bark is gray-brown and deeply ridged and furrowed, almost cork-like. Leaves are up to seven inches long and sharply serrate on the margins, very similar in shape to a chestnut (Castanea) leaf.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes

This oak prefers an open area with full sun and plenty of room for its low wide spreading branches. Plant it in a location with well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy sites and clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it is drought tolerant, although in prolonged dry weather it appreciates an occasional watering. Little pruning is needed other than removing dead, broken or poorly formed limbs.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established