Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Sawtooth Oak
Quercus acutissima
Fagaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, up to 7 inches long, elliptical, and with bristle-tipped teeth. Bark is red-gray to black and ridged. Acorn cap has conspicuous long scales that are "hair-like". Trees may fruit as early as 5 years under good conditions. Form is up to 21 m (70 ft) in height. Sawtooth oak is a native of Asia and planted for wildlife food and as an ornamental.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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