Oak, Sawtooth
Quercus acutissima
Fagaceae - Beech and Oak


Leaves: Alternate; simple; 3" to 7" long, 1" to 2" wide; deciduous; glabrous and glossy; serrate margin with long bristles at the ends of teeth; fall color a nice yellow to golden-brown; looks similar to chestnut leaf.

Twigs/buds: Twigs gray-brown and hairless. Buds gray-brown, hairy; 1/4" to 3/8" in length; scales overlapping with gray pubescence, two-toned.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious. Fruit an acorn; 1" long, brown, round, no stalk; 2/3 of nut covered with thick cap covered with long, curved scales.

Bark: Ash brown; has deep ridges and furrows and corky appearance when older.

Wood: Information unavailable.

General: Native to eastern Asia and Japan. Prefers acid, well-drained soils, but tolerates other conditions. Intermediate shade tolerance.

Landscape Use: Great large tree with wide adaptability, but be careful on very high pH soils. However, I have seen this tree grow an inch or more a year in trunk diameter over a several year period in the Midwest on fairly high pH soils (pH above 7.2). I also have seen it growing as a parking lot tree mostly surrounded by pavement. Has a somewhat conical canopy shape when young. Zones 5(4?)-9.

Cultivars: 'Gobbler', var. chenii.



Family Fagaceae - Beech and Oak
Cultivar Availability Yes
Hardiness Zone 5-9
Type Broadleaf
Utah Native No


Growth Rate Medium
Mature Height High
Longevity High
Is Good Under Power Lines No
Crown Shapes Rounded


Bark No
Fall Color Yes
Flowers No
Foliage Yes
Fruit No


Shade Medium
Salt Medium
Drought High
Poor Drainage High
Alkalinity Medium
Transplanting Medium