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Common Name:

Sawtooth Oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus acutissima

Family Name:



Sawtooth Oak is a medium to large deciduous shade tree from Asia. Dead leaves are retained into late fall or early winter, particularly on juvenile plants. Summer foliage is a dark glossy green and growth is rapid for an oak. The seed propagated cultivar 'Gobbler' is a prolific acorn producer used for mast production. This species is increasing in popularity in the nursery trade.

Plant Habit or Use:

Medium tree, large tree



Flower Color:

Green to yellow green, females inconspicuous, males in catkins

Blooming Period:


Fruit Characteristics:

Small 0.5 to 1.0 in acorn enclosed two-thirds in a cap with recurved scales


35 ft to 45 ft (60 ft)


25 ft to 45 ft

Firewise Index

Explanation of the Firewise Index numerical value

USDA Hardiness Zones:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains Region B - North and Central Texas Region C - Northeast and East Texas Region D - West Texas Region E - Upper Rio Grande Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast Region G - Southeast Texas Region H - Rio Grande Valley
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Additional Comments:

Marginal in USDA zone 5. Trees are floopy growers in youth requiring training to acheive a good tree form. Prone to iron chlorosis on neutral to alkaline soils. Rapid grower for an oak.
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A Special Note about Cool Season Annuals

Cool season annuals typically are planted in the fall or early winter and flower in early spring under moderate temperatures. This group of plant materials includes: pansies, snapdragons, violas, dianthus, flowering cabbage/kale, etc. Because cool season annuals flower in the spring when conditions are mild, most have limited heat tolerance.

As a result cool season annuals do not receive a high Earth–Kind® index despite their outstanding landscape qualities.