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Sawtooth Oak

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Growing Zones: 5-9

Growing Zones 5-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-60 ft.

Mature Width:

40-60 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Quercus acutissima

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Want the majestic presence and shade coverage if an Oak, but don't want to wait 50 years? The Sawtooth Oak, an Asian Oak that has been grown in the U.S. since the mid 1800's, fills the bill! It grows at the rapid pace of 2 to 3 feet a year, and can reach 30 feet in 15 years. With a mature size of 40 to 60 feet tall and wide, it is one of the smaller Oaks, which means you can enjoy the majestic presence of an Oak even in today's limited-space yards!

Its spreading habit creates a wide canopy of cooling shade. This fast-growing tree starts out with a pyramidal shape, but it matures to a broad, rounded canopy that is very attractive. The leaves are dense, even on a young tree, and it can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler in its shade than in the blazing sun!

Beautiful, bright foliage is a plus! New leaves emerge a bright yellow-green, darken to lustrous mid green in summer, and then turn rich gold and russet in the fall. They have distinctive toothed edges, inspiring the tree's common name, and persist over winter on younger trees, providing shelter to birds and sculptural interest to the garden.

A great tree for wildlife, too! Wildlife enthusiastslike this Oak because of its heavy crop of acorns, which ripen almost a month earlier in the fall than other Oaks. This fills in a period when food is scarce, so squirrels, red-headed woodpeckers, blue jays, pigeons, and any game birds in the vicinity, like wild turkeys, will flock to your tree. In as little as 6 to 8 years, you will start to see acorns in the fall, rather than the 20 to 30 years it takes other Oaks.

This tough tree is untroubled by diseases, drought or pollution! Strong and adaptable, it makes a stately, carefree shade tree in your yard, lining a long drive or along a street. Plant about 20 to 30 feet from your house or pavement and enjoy your shade tree in a remarkably short time!

Customer Reviews

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All I know is these Sawtooth Oak trees have been abused and they keep growing. I ordered three. Two have been eaten by deer; down to the nub and they grew back. One ""died"" but had a new shoot growing within the day. It now stands three feet tall. Oh, and the temperature has been over 100 everyday, but still they grow. Wow. I cant wait to see how they grow over the next year. I like the way you people do business and consequently, youll always be the first site I check when Im looking for a specific product
December 31, 2012
Great trees and grow just as advertised. They are extremely well packed for shipping, arrived healthy, and have grown substanially in just the first year. Great customer service too
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Trees arrived healthy, extremely well packed, and on time. They are all thriving! Pam was a great help
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Growth Rate
I have had to replace 4 trees because they died shortly after we planted. We planted them the same day of delivery. They graciously replaced our trees. I am babying them and praying the roots take off and grow. The customer service that has helped me has been amazing and very helpful and professional. I will continue to order from this company.
July 29, 2015
10 months ago
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Sawtooth Oak Tree
We have had this tree for a couple months now and it has grown about six inches. We also purchased a couple Cleveland Pear trees about the same time. They took a little time to settle in but are looking great now. Don Spillane
July 29, 2015
11 months ago
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Sawtooth oak
I bought 3 sawtooth oaks. They were well packaged. Two arrived green and healthy. One was yellow out of packaging. I put water in the tree pot containers when I received the plants. I planted the next day after arrival. Today five days later, two are vibrant green and loving their new home. One, sadly, still is yellow , but I'm hoping it will spring back lively . The leaves on the Sawtooth are very pretty and unusual. I had been looking for Sawtooth for months . I have sixteen different oak species planted on my small ranch. I'm looking for a Chestnut Oak . Any suggestions where I could find several ??
August 14, 2015
9 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Sawtooth Oak

Sawtooth Oak Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: The mighty, majestic oak tree has, throughout the centuries, been the subject of story, song and proverb. More than 80 species of this beautiful tree are found in North America. All oaks are deciduous trees with furrowed bark. When choosing your location pick a spot that will accommodate a full-grown oak, they can get to be 60-80 feet tall and 60-100 feet wide at maturity. Do not plant too close to structures, streets, or sidewalks. 

Planting directions: 

1) Dig your hole and make it twice as wide as the diameter and as deep as the depth of the root ball.

2) Mix in good compost with the soil you've removed from the planting site. The addition of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi is the best contribution you can make to your oak tree's soil and to the long-term viability of your tree. (Available for purchase in Diehard Transplant Fertilizers).

3) Keep the tree straight as you backfill in the hole, gently tamping down the soil with your shovel until it's firm.

4) Water the planting area thoroughly allowing the water to really soak into the ground. Spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the tree but avoid it being too close to the base, as this will promote fungus and rot. 

Watering: Over-watering is a common tree care mistake. A damp soil that dries for a short period will allow adequate oxygen to permeate the soil. As a rule of thumb your soil should be kept moist. Usually 30 seconds with a steady stream of water from a garden hose once a week in the cooler seasons is sufficient. In warmer climates you may need to water 2-3 times weekly. Cease watering during the winter. 

Pruning: Pruning your tree during the winter months will allow it to care for its wounds in spring, when it will recover more quickly. At first limit trimming only to dead or broken branches on newly planted trees. Two to three years after planting you can begin developmental trimming to shape the tree.

Fertilizing: Oak trees experience a quick spurt of growth in the spring, followed by slower spurts of growth throughout the summer and fall seasons. Apply your fertilizer in the early spring before this initial spring growth spurt starts. The best fertilizers for oaks are those with a nutrient ratio of 12-6-6 or 12-4-8. While a healthy oak tree doesn't technically require fertilization, occasional feeding can help boost tree growth and acorn production. 

Oak wood has a very high density creating great strength and hardness. The wood was widely used in early civilizations for sea ships in exploration. Oaks were held in such high esteem that they were used as congregation points for village elders when determining laws and morals of their township. Oaks can grow to be very ancient providing they are able to mature. There are some of these trees alive today that are said to be over 1000 years old!

Questions & Answers

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After researching the Sawtooth Oak sounded perfect. I was looking for a tree that was hardy and fast growing. In addition, I wanted a tree that would grow large in size. The Sawtooth Oak appears to satisfy all these demands. I look forward to planting asap.
Ryan J on Apr 7, 2016
I needed a fast growing shade tree for my back yard.
joyfully on Mar 15, 2016
After researching the Sawtooth Oak sounded perfect. I was looking for a tree that was hardy and fast growing. In addition, I wanted a tree that would grow large in size. The Sawtooth Oak appears to satisfy all these demands. I look forward to planting asap.
Ryan J on Apr 7, 2016
I chose the sawtooth oak because the height and width at maturity allow us to plant closer to our home for future shade.
Clyde B K on Apr 4, 2016
I needed a fast growing shade tree for my back yard.
joyfully on Mar 15, 2016
because I wanted one thank u
ken m on Mar 8, 2016
I wanted a large and sturdy shade tree
Bonnie H on Mar 4, 2016
suited our needs
James M on Feb 18, 2016
Looking for a fast growing oak/shade tree
Brian J on Dec 30, 2015
Wanted fast growing shade tree in my garden.
Nuzhat C on Nov 7, 2015
I wanted a tree that would grow rapidly and at the same time have a good canopy. I'm 69 years old so I would like to see a nice tree in my yard before I kick the bucket, if you know what I mean.
William G on Sep 24, 2015
I chose the sawtooth oak because the height and width at maturity allow us to plant closer to our home for future shade.
Clyde B K on Apr 4, 2016
because I wanted one thank u
ken m on Mar 8, 2016
Does the sawtooth oak tree produce acorns?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yep. Just like others they have a acorn, but that happens many years later.
is july too late to plant a sawtooth oak tree in zone 7?
kenneth a on Jul 3, 2015
is it evergreen?
dean b on Jul 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, it's not an ever green. I planted this tree last year in the beginning of fall, and it does not disappoint. It is extremely tolerant of soil conditions. I would recommend buying the 5-6ft instead of the smaller size. A little more information than you asked for, but I wanted to volunteer it FYI. Good luck!
I ned shade trees. would be in hot sun all day long.I live in phenix city al. I am speaking of sawtooth oak.?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live 80 miles east of Houston and I planted one of these 2 years ago. Full sun and hard clay with no problems. Tree is very hardy
how well does this tree do in zone 5b?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: So far we haven't had any issues. We've killed 3 other trees and this one is thriving.
Does it have seeds like maple or birch trees have? (Sawtooth Oak)
Elisa on Jun 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I bought 2 and they've had one (1) growing season. Planted probably 3-4 feet tall. Now a little over 6 feet tall. Don't thing they will ever have seeds. Could change over time though.
What comes in the premium planting kit?
Lesly W on Feb 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Premium Planting Kit has:
1 x 2oz Bag Mycorrhizal Funji
1 x 24" Tree Guard
3 Fertilizer Tablets
Will it keep leaves in winter? Some oaks do.
Squirrel on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: NOPE - no leaves here in Virginia. Lost them all but they came back in the spring.
Why does this tree and other Oak not ship to California?
Nikolas Pecci on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into California.
is it soft wood or hard wood?
Remy B on Sep 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Sawtooth Oak is a hardwood.
when is it the best time to plant this tree?
joyfully on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Spring and fall are the best times to get this tree in the ground.
How big is the root system at maturity?
Pamela M on Jul 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 10ft by 10foot
how long does this saw tooth oak live?
ernest on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Sawtooth Oak is a fast-growing tree, and like many trees that grow very quickly, it is not as long-lived as slower-growing trees. Some report their Sawtooth Oaks peak at 30 years, but there are specimens that are over 200 years old. Average age is probably 70 years.
does it attract worms or other pest?
Sharon B on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not to my knowledge.
After how many years will this tree be strong enough to hold a swing?
Michelle T on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: MANY years, even mature trees don't really have the strength for a swing.
are horses ok with sawtooth oaks?
Carla M on May 24, 2016

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