Quercus acutissimaQuercus acutissima

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Quercus acutissima
  • PRONUNCIATION: KWER-kus a-ku-TIS-i-ma
  • COMMON NAME: Sawtooth Oak
  • FAMILY: Fagaceae
  • NATIVITY: China, Korea, Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Rounded to broad-rounded tree, 40'-50' tall. Pyramidal in youth. Medium growth rate when young.
  • HARDINESS: Zone 6-9
  • CULTURE: One of the more fibrous-rooted oaks. Prefers well-drained, slightly acid soils but is adaptable. Doe well in hot, humid weather.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS: Escaped
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  --
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Good shade tree that does not become too tall.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, simple, oblong, 3-1/2"-7" long with acuminate apex, rounded base and serrate margin. Serrations are terminated with bristlelike teeth.  Strong yellow fall color.
  • BUDS: Imbricate, conical, gray-brown, wooly pubescence.
  • BARK: Dark in color with lighter, vertical fissures on young trunks. Old trunks look corky.
  • FRUIT: Nut (acorn). Involucre (cup) covering about 2/3 of nut; nut 1" long. Involucre has recurved scales.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed.
  • PESTS: None serious.
  • CULTIVARS:

 

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