97-03 – The Asian Sawtooth Oak (Quercus acutissima) has been planted heavily in the southern states for turkey food, which is unfortunate because many native oaks would work just as well. But it can become an attractive landscape tree also, and its acorns are very decorative with their deep fringed cupules. Our specimen here, one of several on the grounds, was propagated from an exceptional specimen planted long ago in Atlanta, Georgia. Oaks hybridize frequently but this species will not cross with any of the nearly 100 native oaks of North America because it is too distantly related to be compatible for breeding.
Location: 39.821070 N, 89.660153 W
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