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
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

Scientifically termed Quercus Acutissima, the Sawtooth Oak also belongs to the Fagaceae family. One of the largest oak species, this Asian tree is native to China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, and Indochina, and is significant in Asian lore and culture. Its leaves were fed to silkworms, thus indirectly contributing to Asia’s silk exports; the dark dye extracted from the tree was used for writing history; the fruit (acorns) were used to sooth hemorrhages and menstrual cramps. Considered an invasive plant, the Sawtooth Oak was introduced to (and became neutralized in) many parts of North America. Today it is widespread in the eastern United States.

Large and sturdy, the Sawtooth Oak rears up to an approximate height of 40-60 ft. (with a respective 40-60 ft. span), though it may grow taller. This tree is characterized by its lance-shaped, glossy dark leaves (from which it derives its name, given that the leaves are fringed with small triangular saw-tooth-esque lobes), bristle-tipped acorns, gray-black ridged bark, and yellow-green catkins that bloom from March to April. The Sawtooth Oak provides adequate shade and bursts of color, with its leaf hues shifting from dark summery green to warm tan-brown autumn shades.

With a 6-9 hardiness rating, the deciduous Sawtooth Oak prefers full sun and medium well-drained soil. Though it withstands drought and cold temperatures, and has a fast growth rate, this tree doesn’t tend to survive for more than a few decades. It is sensitive to excessive moisture. The bitter taste of its plentiful acorns—which rain down annually in autumn, attracting great amounts of wildlife—deter squirrels, but these fruits provide sustenance to jays, pigeons, and deer. Beetles and butterflies are among the insects that feed from the tree’s sap. The Sawtooth Oak’s wood is used to create fences but not much else, as it has a tendency to crack.

“When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.” –Thomas Carlyle

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