Sawtooth Oak – Quercus acutissima

Sawtooth oak is a 40-60 foot deciduous white oak native to China, Korea and Japan. The bark when mature develops corky ridges; the leaves have sawtooth margins and turn golden brown in fall.  The fruits are oval acorns up to 1 inch long with spiny, scaly caps which are 2/3 of acorn in length, and which provide significant food for wildlife.

The young trees may not be reliably winter hardy in St. Louis, but mature trees are found in Nebraska and the Morton Arboretum in Chicago.

Beautifying University City, MO