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Featured Plant Of The Month

There is always something in bloom at the Arboretum! Use our Plants Library to plan a photo shoot or to choose one of the trails to walk. Learn more about the plants at the Arboretum by visiting our Previously Featured Plants list and our Special Seasonal Featured Plants page.


Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima)

Sawtooth Oak Tree Sawtooth Oak is a native tree of Japan, Korea, China, and the Himalayas that has been widely planted in the U.S. as a shade tree. It is considered a good tree for wildlife because it produces large crops of acorns, but it has also been identified as being a potentially invasive species in some areas. Sawtooth Oak grows quickly, reaching heights of 40 to 50ft. Its distinctive dark green leaves are oblong to lance-shaped and have bristle-tipped teeth along the leaf margin. The dark brown, oval shaped acorns are covered by a cap with spreading reflexed scales resembling hair. The gray-brown bark is ridged and deeply furrowed. Several Sawtooth Oaks are found in an oak collection area along Arboretum Drive, and one labeled tree is located at the end of Marsh Road near its junction with the Forest Loop Road Trail.


Sawtooth Oak Leaves Sawtooth Oak Acorns Sawtooth Oak Bark

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