Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Sawtooth Oak
(Quercus acutissima)

Donated by Doug and Jodi Palm, Eli and Jianna
Tree Map Location: # 178
In Memory of Robert Michael

Sawtooth Oak tree Sawtooth Oak leaves Sawtooth Oak bark Sawtooth Oak twig Sawtooth Oak fruit


Leaf: Alternate, simple, lanceolate in shape, 3 to 7 inches long, pinnately veined with a very sharply serrate margin bearing bristle-tipped teeth. Strongly resembles a Castanea leaf.  
Flower: Male catkins are golden and pendant, appearing in the spring; female catkins are borne on spikes, appearing with the leaves.  
Fruit: Acorns are oval in shape. Cap covers 1/2 of nut with scales very prominently reflexed - resembles hair. Among the first acorns to ripen in the fall after two years.  
Twig: Quite slender, red to gray-brown in color with multiple terminal buds; buds are gray-brown, pubescent on the bud scale edges and somewhat pyramidal.  
Bark: Ridged and furrowed even when young, later deeply ridged and furrowed, somewhat corky.  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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