How to Grow a Big Sawtooth Oak From Seed


The Sawtooth Oak is a native of Asia but has taken well to the cooler climate of the United States. The Sawtooth Oak is the fastest growing of the oaks, growing as much as three feet in a single year. Also, while most other oaks take approximately 20 years to begin producing acorns, the Sawtooth often produces acorns in just six to seven years. Sawtooth Oaks grow best in USDA Hardinesss Zones 5B through 9A .

Step 1

Collect the acorns of a Sawtooth Oak as they fall to the ground anytime between September and November.

Step 2

Place the seeds in a bowl of water and discard any that float. Dry the ones that sink.

Step 3

Stratify your seeds by placing them inside a zip lock baggie and placing them in the refrigerator for 60 days. This mimics winter conditions which the seeds would normally have to endure before sprouting.

Step 4

Fill a nine inch planting pot (with drain hole) with potting soil to within four inches of the top. Lay four stratified acorns on their sides around the edges of the pot and then cover them with one inch of potting soil.

Step 5

Water well. Make sure that excess water can drain out the bottom of the growing pot. Place the pot in a sunny location outside once all possibility of frost has passed in your location and keep the soil in the pot damp but not soggy. Be patient. One or more Sawtooth Oaks should sprout within 45 to 80 days.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect your sprouting Sawtooth Oak from deer and other foraging animals.

Things You'll Need

  • Sawtooth Acorns
  • Bowl of water
  • Zip lock bags
  • Refrigerator
  • 9 inch planting pot
  • Potting soil


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: Sawtooth Oak
  • L.A. Parks Organization: How to Collect, Store and Plant Acorns
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.