At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus nutallii
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Bright red
Bloom: Yellowish-green
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Pyramidal
Bark: Gray to black with ridges
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 80 feet
Spread: 35 to 50 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

Similar in appearance to the Scarlet Oak and Shumard Oak, the Nuttall Oak—or Quercus Nuttalli—is a Fagaceae family member, characterized by its decidedly longer and thinner leaves. These are dark green, lobed with intensely deep sinuses and slightly bristled tips; this opulent foliage transforms into shades of rich scarlet and gleaming bronze in the autumn. This species’ yellow-green male-flower catkins appear annually from April to May, brightening the tree’s heavily ridged, gray-black bark. The female flowers are much smaller, inconspicuous and seen on the axils of new leaves. From September to October, the Nuttall Oak’s capped acorns emerge, small and bitter. These typically take two years to mature, and are dropped to the ground between September and February.

This deciduous specimen has a 5-9 hardiness zone rating, and is native to the northeast, south, and southwest coastal regions of the United States. It is found extensively in hardwood forests, along riverbanks and stream sides, and in lowlands and wetlands. A mature Nuttall Oak can typically grow up to 50-80 ft. high, its pyramidal structure extending to a 35-50 ft. span. The national champion Nuttall Oak can be currently found in Washington County, Mississippi, rearing up to an altitude of 110 ft., with a trunk diameter of nearly seven feet.

The Nuttall Oak prefers medium to wet, well-drained soil and thrives beneath direct full sunlight. It is fast-growing, frequently rising at least two feet per year. This species is frequently used as a specimen tree in landscape settings and for residential plantings, chosen for its ample shade, rich coloration, and reliable durability. It is also an important habitat and food source to a variety of wildlife, and its sturdy lumber is commercially valuable. Resilient, long-lived, substantial, easily grown, and beautiful, the Nuttall Oak is a cherished oak variation.

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