Quercus nuttallii

Nuttall Oak

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when tree is dormant.  May have to clean up acorn litter.

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This fast growing tree is becoming popular for its fall color and its easy cleanup in the fall because the leaves drop very late in the season.

  • Red/purple new growth
  • Red fall color
  • Fast growing

A tree best used in large open spaces in a large landscape or for naturalizing in wet soils. 

Height: 40-60 ft
Spread: 35-45 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Nuttall Oak:

This is an easy to grow tree that grows naturally in wet soils with no real preference for acidic or alkaline pH.  The acorns provide food for wildlife and are poisonous to humans if eaten before toxins are leached out by boiling.  The leaves are very late to drop and sometimes as late as December.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fall Color
  • Naturalizing
  • Attractive fruit
  • Low Maintenance
  • Specimen
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained
  • Average Water