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November 24, 2010

The Sawtooth Oak is the fastest growing oak

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White and Black oaks are some of the most familar varieties of oak where I live in California. I've been trying to figure out if planting an oak for shade is a good idea and the Sawtooth Oak seems like a good candidate for such purpose. The Sawtooth is native to Asia but is now planted in North America and Europe.

This deciduous tree is a great source for wildlife food because of the short time it takes for the tree to produce acorns. Sawtooth Oak trees have moderate water requirements and it has a moderate tolerance to salt and alkali soils which is not a problem where I live anyway. The leaves go from yellow to golden brown in the fall, and open to a brilliant golden yellow in the spring. Its growth rate is rapid for an oak tree, and it is a fast growing shade tree.

I think it's worth a try. People who have planted it are enthusiastic about it's growth rate.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 24, 2010 4:35 AM
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