The Sawtooth Oak is a medium sized deciduous tree, growing 40-60 feet tall with a broad-spreading, rounded crown. It is native to China, Korea and Japan and grows yellow-green flowers and oval acorns with spiny, scaly cups.
|Latin Name||Quercus acutissima
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, glossy|
|Shape of Leaf||Oblong to 7″ long, llance-shaped, chestnut like|
|Color of Flower||Inconspicuous yellowish-green|
|Shape of Flower||Separate male & female catkins|
|Fruit Characteristics||Acorns oval 1″ long with spiny-scaly cups that extend 2/3 of acorn length|
|Bark Characteristics||Gray to black, develops corky ridging with age|
The Sawtooth Oak is a species of oak that was imported as an ornamental tree from Asia in 1920. It produces acorns at a relatively young age which makes it a valuable tree for wildlife that feed on the acorns. It is generally considered a low-maintenance tree but may not be reliably hardy during St. Louis winters since it is not very tolerant of freezing weather.