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Korean Oak*

Quercus serrata

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Korean Oak (Quercus serrata) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Korean Oak in spring

Korean Oak in spring

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Korean Oak (Quercus serrata) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Korean Oak flowers

Korean Oak flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Quercus glandulifera


This relative newcomer is a stately tree with narrow, spiny leaves and terminal clusters of large, longer-than-round acorns in the summer, vivid brick red color in fall; a first class shade tree

Ornamental Features

Korean Oak has forest green foliage which emerges olive green in spring. The spiny lobed leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up. The furrowed gray bark and silver branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Korean Oak is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting squirrels to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Korean Oak is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Korean Oak will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features