Sawtooth Oak Tree - Quercus Acutissima
Sawtooth Oak Tree, or Quercus acutissima, is a native tree to the Himalayan mountain range and the majority of the continent of Asia. Due to its popularity, the Sawtooth Oak Tree can now be found in several other parts of the world including North America which it was first introduced into back in 1862. This particular species of Oak can grow to heights of over 50 ft to just under 100 ft. The trunk of the Sawtooth Oak Tree can grow as much as 5 ft in diameter and is dark grey. The uniquely shaped leaves for which the Sawtooth oak received its names from range from 3 to 5 inches long and about 1 and a half inches to 2 inches wide and have a strong resemblance to the teeth of a saw blade. The leaves are often mistaken for the similarly shaped leaves of chestnut trees. The wind pollinates the nonpedal producing flowers and produces acorns that reach slightly over 1 inch in length and a couple of centimeters wide. The acorns are orange-brown and take 1 and a half years to fully mature. The head, or cap, of the acorn, are covered in a green moss-like substance and reach about 1-3 of an inch in length. Sawtooths are considered to be a shade tree with their maximum width reaching anywhere from 40 ft to 60 ft. They are considered a medium to fast-growing species at just over 1 ft to 2 ft of growth per year. A minimum of six hours of daylight a day is recommended for the Sawtooth, however the more sun, the better. It is an easily transplanted species of oak and does well in some soil types including acidic soil, clay soil, moist soil, well-drained soil, and even sandy soil.