Nuttall Oak

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Nuttall Oak Shade Tree for Wet, Acidic Soils

  • Classic Shade Tree
  • Fast Growth Rate as Young Tree
  • Small, Green Lobed Leaves Turn Deep Red for Fall Color
  • Leaves Drop Cleanly in Fall
  • Hardy Native Tree
  • Energetic, Upright Pyramid Form
  • Holds Lower Limbs Straight Out Without Drooping
  • Requires Little Pruning or Maintenance
  • Durable, Easy Care Trees Can Be Used in Commercial Settings
  • Tolerates Wet Soil and Acidic Soil

The stately Nuttall Oak tree (Quercus nuttallii) is a native of bottom lands across a wide range. It grows really well in poor-draining, lowland soils. It is suited to heavy clay soil and prefers an acidic soil. Use this magnificent Oak if you have soil that struggles to shed water quickly.

When you're thinking of a great shade tree for your landscape, the conversation has to start with Oak trees. These classics are tough, heat-tolerant, cold-tolerant, drought resistant, adaptable, strong-wooded and long-lived. They are also beautiful, and Nuttall Oak lives up to the reputation.

But this variety has some fantastic features. First, a nice, clean leaf drop. Instead of hanging on to its shaggy leaves most of the winter like other Oaks, it drops its leaves all at once in late fall.

Youll also love the fall color display. The leaves turn a deep shade of red right after the neighborhood Maples have finished their show for the season.

It features a nice branch structure that includes plenty of head room under the lowest branches. Youll have plenty of room for a picnic table or seating area underneath. Park a car under it if you want to use it as a street tree.

With a well-behaved root system, and brilliant crimson fall color, youll absolutely grow to love the tall Nuttall Oak. After all, how can you not love a sturdy, long-lived Oak tree that solves landscape problems in such a beautiful way?

Though easy to grow, Nuttall Oak does require an acidic soil of around 4.5 to 5.5 pH to do well. With no pest or disease problems, Nuttall Oak is almost maintenance free in the right location.

Nuttall Oak quickly grows into a large, pyramidal tree with a fast growth rate (for an Oak!), especially as a young tree. This tree is becoming more popular but is still hard to find.

Order your healthy trees from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

How to Use Nuttall Oak in the Landscape

This is a great selection for plantings in newly constructed urban and suburban areas. Heavy machinery causes extensive soil compaction, which can make it hard to support other types of trees.

Nuttall is also a good choice for use as lawn trees. Whether its your suburban home, or commercial planting, Nuttall can handle the frequent irrigation required by turf. Use it to shade parking lot buffer strips and wide median strips, as long as they receive supplemental watering.

Once mature, its a heavy mast producer. Include Nuttall in your food forests to support wildlife and game on large properties.

It can also become a magnificent specimen in a planned Rain Garden. If you have a low area on your property, Rain Gardens can help filter water runoff from roofs and streets before it flows into the storm drains. Use these hard-working trees to protect your local watershed in a beautiful way.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Nuttall Oak is not as drought tolerant as other varieties and will need occasional water to do well. Provide a layer of mulch to cover the top of the root system, but not resting against the trunk. Pull mulch away at least a few inches for proper air circulation.

Plant in full sun for best results.

The tree has a very uniform canopy and requires little or no pruning. Nuttall wont develop surface roots or cause problems with your water lines.

Nuttall Oak should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a shade tree for a poorly drained yard with acidic soil. This native tree is highly recommended by universities, the forest service and municipalities.

Nature Hills growers have limited availability on this hard-to-find Oak, so don't hesitate to order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Nuttall Oak Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Quercus nuttallii
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Acidic
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast, Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes