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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40 - 60 feet
Plant Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Shade Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Seeds are hydrophilic
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Sawtooth Oak
  • Sawthorn Oak
  • Oak

Photo Gallery
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Date: 2018-10-10
Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus,Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-10-06
Young tree
Location: Downingtown Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-12-19
full-grown specimen in park, looking at lower area
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-11
mature tree in park
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-11-10
fall color on tree
Location: Botanical Graden Meise - Nationale Plantentuin Meise - Brussel
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2008-06-10
the foliage
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-21
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-21

Date: 2010-09-06

Date: 2010-09-06
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-07-15

USDA photo
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-01-31
tree in winter
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 12, 2017 7:31 PM concerning plant:
    This oak tree from East Asia is a pretty tree of good quality. It has dark, shiny, chestnut-like leaves to about 7 inches long with bristle-tipped marginal sharp teeth. Acorns get about 1 inch long. It is resistant to drought, heat, and humidity. It does develop micronutrient chlorosis in alkaline soils, and its pH range is good from pH 6 to 7; not sure how much farther.

    My concern is that its large acorns can help the species escape cultivation and it can become another invasive Asian species. I've seen it planted in parks and public places occasionally in the Philadelphia area. Being in parks surrounded by lots of lawn or being in very urban spots probably is not a bad situation. I would prefer to use the similar Shingle Oak, (Quercus imbricaria), that is a native species in eastern North America. It has escaped cultivation in various spots : about half of Louisiana; spots in MS & AL & north GA, MD, DE; 3 spots around St Louis, MO; 3 spots in OH, 2 spots in PA, 1 spot in CT, 1 spot in central IN, and 1 spot in northern NC.

  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Aug 31, 2013 6:47 PM concerning plant:
    Sawtooth Oak has become an invasive species in parts of North America.

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