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Sawtooth Oak
Quercus acutissima

Native to eastern Asia, this oak was brought to the United States, where it is naturalized in part of its range, as a source of food for wildlife. The trees grow 25-30 m tall and produce acorns that mature about 18 months after flower pollination. These bitter acorns are eaten by pigeons and jays, but squirrels only eat them when no other food is available.

Habitat:Planted as an ornamental, sometimes escaping cultivation.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing to 21 m tall or higher.
Bloom Time:Mid-spring.
Longevity:Long-lived.
Presence in US:AL DC GA LA MD MS NC PA VA
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This project was supported in part by NSF Grant IIS-03-25867 (ITR: An Electronic Field Guide: Plant Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century) and by the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
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