Sawtooth Oak, quercus acutissima

Sawtooth Oak, quercus acutissima
Item# DA-sawtoothoak
$5.00
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Product Description

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Inventory available as of Dec. 1, 2017: 0 Acorns.

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - Louisiana

The Sawtooth Oak is a medium size tree with rounded form at maturity. Young trees grow quickly with lowest branches tending to spread widely if not pruned off at an early age. The sawtooth oak is fast growing for an oak, reaching 30 feet in 15 years. Sawtooth oak leaves are unlike the leaves of our native oaks. Looking much like those of the Chinese chestnut, they are about 6 inches long, unlobed and oblong in outline with the tip tapering to a fine point. Leaf margins are reminiscent of a saw blade and terminate in a fine bristle. Because of the bristle, the sawtooth oak is considered a member of the red oak tribe. Part of the beauty of sawtooth oak is the clean, glossy appearance of the foliage. The foliage is unblemished and glossy-green all summer long. In the fall, it turns yellow, finally aging to grocery-bag brown. Young trees tend to hold much of their foliage through the winter, shedding it in the spring as new leaves emerge. Though the leaves look decidedly un-oak-like, the appearance of the acorns in the fall definitely identifies this tree with the oaks. It produces heavy crops of 3/4 inch round, brown acorns that will cover the ground in many years. It is the first oak to drop its acorns in the fall, usually about three weeks ahead of its native kin. The cap of the acorn covers about half of the nut. The sawtooth oak is native over a wide range in Japan, Korea and China. It was introduced into the U.S. in 1862 but remained almost unknown until its ability to produce heavy crops of acorns was realized. Heavy acorn production, even though it tends to occur in alternate years, makes the tree valuable as a wildlife food plant. Deer especially seem to relish the acorns. The Sawtooth Oak can reach heights of 50 to 80 feet and widths of 40 to 60 feet. It is cold hardy to zone 5.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for stratify for 60 days or until radicle emergence. Germination: Sow seed 1 to 2 inches deep, tamp soil, keep moist, mulch seed bed. OTHER: Fall sowing in mulched seedbeds is preferred to artificial stratification.