Nuttall Oak (Quercus nuttallii)

Nuttall oak tree limb with acornsNuttall oak tree

Nuttall oak trees are quick-growing red oaks that begin to produce acorns at a young age. Although Nuttalls are often overlooked during the tree selection process, they have several qualities that make them an excellent choice as part of a wildlife habitat improvement project.

Nuttall oaks begin producing acorns when they are about seven years old. They produce acorns every year with heavy crops beginning when the trees are about ten years old. Depending on the location and the tree, Nuttalls will drop their acorns between late October and early February.

Most Nuttalls drop their acorns in the winter, between early December and mid February, providing a late season food source after most other acorns have been consumed or have rotted. However, over the years, we have noticed that one set of our parent Nuttalls drops their arorns much earlier, between mid October and late November. Though we can not guarentee that each of their offspring will follow this pattern, we keep these two seperate and offer the saplings as Fall Nuttalls and Winter Nuttalls depending on when the acorns should fall.

Nuttall oaks are very hardy trees and will grow in many types of soil, including poorly drained areas. They can even tolerate flooding during the winter once they are well established. This makes Nuttalls an excellent choice for duck as well as deer. For best results, Nuttalls should be planted in areas with good soil that receive full sunlight.

  • Growing Zones:
  • Height at Maturity:
  • Acorn Drop Period:
  • Preferred Soil pH:
  • Sunlight Needs:
 
  • 5 to 9
  • 80 to 100 Feet
  • Oct. to Feb.
  • 4.5 to 6.5
  • Full to Mostly Sunny
  • Fall Nuttall
  • Bare-root 1-yr-old, 10" to 20" tall:

  • $1.79 ea.

  • Sold Out
  • Bare-root 1-yr-old, 20" to 36"+ tall:
  • $2.99 ea.
  • Sold Out
  • Bare-root 2-yr-old, 28" to 40"+ tall:
  • $5.99 ea.
  • Sold Out
  • Winter Nuttall
  • Bare-root 1-yr-old, 10" to 14" tall:

  • $1.79 ea.

  • Sold Out
  • Bare-root 1-yr-old, 14" to 24"+ tall:
  • $2.99 ea.
  • Sold Out
  • Bare-root 2-yr-old, 26" to 40"+ tall:
  • $5.99 ea.
  • Sold Out

*Nuttall oaks are considered non-hardy in most parts of Minnesota.


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