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A great shade tree for your front or back yard!

When you’re thinking of a great shade tree for your home garden the conversation has to start with oak trees. These garden classics are tough, heat-tolerant, cold-tolerant, drought resistant, adaptable, strong-wooded and long-lived. They are also beautiful. Some oaks have great reputations and some have…not so great reputations.

Nuttall Oak (Quercus nutallii) has a great reputation, but is still a relatively unknown gem in the home landscaping world. We want to change that.

This oak is beautiful and easy to grow. It is native to the American Midwest and Southeast and is rapidly overtaking other oaks – red oak, pin oak, Shumard red oak - as the tree of choice in those areas. 

Nuttall Oak quickly grows into a large (40’-60’) pyramidal tree. It adapts to just about any soil, even wet and alkaline soils. It has great branch structure that includes plenty of head room under the lowest branches so that you can put a table under it on a patio or park a car under it if you want to use it as a street tree.

Instead of hanging on to its shaggy leaves most of the winter like other oaks, it cleanly drops them all in late fall. Before they drop they turn pretty shades of red, usually after the maples have finished their shows for the season.

As a bonus they don’t develop surface roots and won’t play ‘Battleship’ with your water lines.

Nuttall Oak should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a shade tree for your yard, so don’t hesitate to order yours today!

* Hardy native tree
* Fits smaller urban gardens
* Tolerates of a wide range of soils
* Adaptable all over the US
* Great shade tree
* Fall color


Nuttall Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Quercus nuttallii
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish Green
Fall Color Red