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Sawtooth oak (Quercus acutissima)

Sawtooth oak Description: Introduced to North America as a popular street tree due to its interesting foliage and fruits (acorns).

Habit: Large, deciduous, grows up to 50 ft in height, forms a pyramidal crown that rounds with age.

Leaves: Alternate, simple, lanceolate in shape, 3-7 in long, pinnately veined with a very sharply serrate margin bearing bristle-tipped teeth.

Stems: Slender, red to gray-brown in color with multiple terminal buds; buds are gray-brown, pubescent on the bud scale edges and somewhat pyramidal.

Flowers: Male catkins are golden and pendant, appearing in the spring; female catkins are borne on spikes, appearing with the leaves; small in size; blooms in May.

Fruit and seeds: Acorns are oval in shape, cap covers 1/2 of nut with spreading, curved scales on the involucre; trees produce large amounts of acorns.

Habitat: Native to eastern Asia; grows well in well-drained, acid soil and urban environments.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: American chestnut (Castanea dentata); Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima); Alleghany chinkapin (Castanea pumila); American beech (Fagus grandifolia).

Monitoring and rapid response: For small seedlings, pull or treat leaves with glyphosate. To control larger trees, cut tree and grind stump; girdle; hack and squirt glyphosate; or cut and paint stump with glyphosate. Follow label and state requirements.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and the Virginia Tech Forest Resources.

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Common Name:

Sawtooth oak

Scientific Name:

Quercus acutissima







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