Early Drop Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima)

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Over the years we have noticed that a couple of the Sawtooths oaks we collect acorns from always start dropping their acorns about two weeks before the other Sawtooths around them and at other locations. We have labeled these trees "early drop" Sawtooths. Just like other Sawtooths, early drop Sawtooth oaks are quick growing and begin to produce acorns at an early age. They just begin dropping their acorns earlier in the fall. Planting a few of these with other Sawtooths can extend the amount of time Sawtooth acorns are available to wildlife.

Early Drop Sawtooth oaks can begin producing acorns when the trees are five to seven years old and usually produce heavy acorn crops every year. The acorns are about 1 inch long and drop between mid August and early October. The offspring we have grown as test trees have shown the early drop trait, but as these are open pollinated trees growing near other Sawtooths we can not guarantee that each individual tree will have the early drop trait.

Sawtooth oak trees will grow in a wide variety of soil types. However, for best results Sawtooths should be planted in areas with fertile, well-drained soils that receive full sunlight.

* Sawtooth oaks will not survive in sights that are flooded for more than 24 hours during the summer or in areas that are densely shaded.

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  • 5 to 9
  • 70+ Feet
  • Aug. to Oct.
  • 5.0 to 7.0
  • Full to Mostly Sunny

Sawtooth oaks cannot be sold or shipped to Wisconsin and are considered non-hardy in most parts of Minnesota.


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