Nuttall Oak Tree
The Nuttall Oak tree's Mature
Height is 40 - 60 feet, Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet, Soil Type
Widely Adaptable, Moisture Widely Adaptable, Mature Form Round
Crown, Irregular, Growth Rate Moderate, Sun Exposure Full Sun,
Flower Color Yellowish, Green Insignificant, Fall Color Reddish
Brown, Foliage Color Green, Zones 5-9.
The Nuttall Oak tree, Quercus
nuttallii, was not distinguished as a species until 1927. It is
also called red oak, Red River oak, and pin oak. It is one of
the few commercially important species found on poorly drained
clay flats and low bottoms of the Gulf Coastal Plain and north
in the Mississippi and Red River Valleys.
The acorn or winter buds identify Nuttall oak, easily confused
with pin oak (Q. palustris). The lumber is often cut and sold as
red oak. In addition to producing timber, Nuttall oak is an
important species for wildlife management because of heavy
annual mast production.
Nuttall Oak trees are a good choice for low
poorly drained locations. During winter, squirrels find a ready supply of
acorns, since many acorns remain on the tree into January. Acorns are
favored by deer and also eaten by turkeys.