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 enthusiasts like 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!
Growing Zones: 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
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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.
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!
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