How to Plant Sawtooth Oaks


The sawtooth oak is a fast-growing tree that has increased in popularity as an addition to private yards and city parks. The sawtooth produces acorns in as little as five years, is well-suited to a variety of climates, and copes well with the air and soil pollution often found in cities.

Step 1

Scratch the surface of the bark near the sapling's roots, revealing the tissue underneath. The tissue should be whitish-green. Dead or damaged tissue will be dark brown or black; these saplings should be discarded.

Step 2

Dig the hole for your sapling. The hole should be two times the width and depth of the sapling's root ball.

Step 3

Place the sapling in the hole. Cover the roots completely with soil and firmly tamp it down. Air pockets can keep moisture away from the roots and slowly damage the tree. Roots that are straight should be bent--but not broken--as they are placed in the hole.

Step 4

Dig a 2-foot perimeter around the sapling. Keep the area clear of grasses, shrubs and weeds that may take nutrients away from the young tree.

Tips and Warnings

  • A fully mature sawtooth oak can reach 50 feet tall, so make sure the planting location isn't beneath power lines or too close to other trees. Saplings should be planted approximately 40 feet from any other tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Sawtooth oak sapling
  • Shovel
  • Watering can
  • Gloves (optional)


  • Fast-Growing Trees
  • The Nursery at Ty Ty
  • National Wild Turkey Federation

Who Can Help

  • National Wild Turkey Federation
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About this Author

Debra Durkee has been writing professionally since 2005. She has been both a columnist and reporter, with her work appearing in print publications from the Metro Group, Inc in New York to the "Casa Grande Dispatch" in Arizona. Now a freelance writer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University.