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 acutissima 'Gobbler'
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow to golden-brown
Bloom: Yellow to green
Bloom Time: March to April
Shape: Broad round crown
Bark: Gray to black with ridges
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 40 to 60 feet
Spread: 40 to 60 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Quercus Acutissima “Gobbler”—the Sawtooth Gobbler Oak—is a direct variation of the more well-known Sawtooth Oak, belonging to the Fagaceae family. A smaller hybrid offspring of the Sawtooth Oak, it shares many characteristics with its botanical predecessor. The Sawtooth Gobbler Oak is similarly a tall deciduous tree that favors full sun and medium, well-drained soils. It likewise has a hardiness zone rating of 6-9.

The Sawtooth Gobbler Oak also shares comparable dimensions, with a height of 40-60 ft. and a respective 40-60 ft. span, characterized by its low-slung, wide-spread branches which are covered in grayish-black ridged bark. The tree’s dense dark green canopy crests in a broad round crown; this foliage morphs into earthy hues of gold and cinnamon-brown in the autumn. From March to April, this specimen is patterned with humble yellowish-green catkins.

Fast-growing, sun-loving, drought-tolerant, and extremely adaptive, the Sawtooth Gobbler Oak’s primary difference (and main reason for cultivation) is most apparent when its fruit ripens; the tree is distinguished by its smaller-sized, more easily accessed, and more plentiful production of nuts. Prolific and sweet, these acorns serve as a superb food source to a wide range of wildlife and livestock, including turkeys, quail, and deer. Wild turkeys (gobblers) in particular seem very partial to the nut—resulting in the tree’s name. Apart from being an extremely useful resource for wildlife, the Sawtooth Gobbler Oak can be cultivated and enjoyed as an attractive upland shade and ornamental specimen.