How to Plant a Sawtooth Oak Tree


The sawtooth oak (quercus accitimus) is native to Asia. It is a popular oak because it is one of the fastest growers in its family, producing acorns within seven to 10 years, compared to 25 to 30 years for other species. The sawtooth oak is easy to maintain and grow. It is popular as an ornamental tree and can be found growing all across the United States. Because of its plentiful acorn production, the sawtooth oak attracts wildlife. Depending on where it is growing, this particular oak can reach a height of 50 to 70 feet at maturity

Step 1

Choose a planting location for your sawtooth oak seedling. The tree grows best in well-draining soil that is a bit sandy, but it can grow in clay-based soils.

Step 2

Dig a planting hole that is twice as large as the seedling's root system. If you are planting more than one sawtooth oak, space the holes 25 feet apart.

Step 3

Add 50 percent compost to the dirt that was removed. For example, if you removed one gallon of dirt, add one-half gallon of compost to it. Mix the compost into the soil thoroughly.

Step 4

Place your sawtooth oak seedling in the planting hole. Fill the hole with the amended soil. Use the back of a hoe or your foot to tamp the dirt down around the seedling. This will help to remove any air pockets that may have accumulated around the seedling's roots.

Step 5

Water the planting area until it is completely soaked.

Step 6

Spread mulch around the seedling once the water has completely soaked into the ground. A mulch layer 2 to 3 inches thick and 8 inches around should suffice. Mulch types that work well with the sawtooth oak include pine, bark chips or sawdust.

Step 7

Water the seedling weekly. The tree will need to remain moist, but it should not be water-logged. If rain is plentiful in your area, avoid watering.

Step 8

Fertilize the tree with a 10-10-10 plant fertilizer weekly. When applying, keep the fertilizer from directly touching the tree. The fertilizer should be applied on the ground around the base of the tree. After the tree's first growing season, reduce fertilizing to one application in spring, summer and fall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep a 2-foot area around your tree free of grass and weeds during its first growing season. They will rob the soil of nutrients and compete with your new tree for sustenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • 10-10-10 plant fertilizer


  • Arbor Day Foundation. Sawtooth Oak
  • University of Florida: Quercus acutissima - Sawtooth Oak

Who Can Help

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Planting Sawtooth Oak for Wildlife
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