Nuttall Oak

Product Description

This easy-to-grow oak is perfect for a beautiful, low maintenance shade tree.

The Nuttall oak can tolerate poorly drained areas (it tolerates wet environments) more than any other red oak cultivar and will grow profusely as a young tree. Its acorns are a favorite among wildlife such as ducks and deer!  The Nuttal oak is prized for its fall color as well, in mid to late fall its lobed leaves will turn bright red before being shed. The fast growth habit of this tree is magnificent!

The Nuttall’s growth rate is up to 60 feet tall quickly and 80 feet at maturity and will flower in April and May. The tree’s acorns in it’s upper branches will begin to ripen in autumn in their second year and are dark brown in color. The Nuttall is adaptable to a wide range of soil but prefers loamy, well-drained soil and sunlight.

Great for home gardens!

Botanical Name

Quercus nuttallii

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green, Red
Mature Height 60-80 ft
Mature Width 35-50 ft
Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fast growing
  • Shade tree
  • Showy fall color
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Nuttall Oak order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

3 reviews for Nuttall Oak

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gabe R

    Ordered one of these trees for my mom for mother’s day and it arrived on time and looked beautiful! Really happy with this company and the tree

    • Perfect Plants

      Thank you for the kind review of our Nuttall oak tree. They do indeed make a great tree for any yard, offer privacy and shade, and we are so happy your mom loves it.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The Nuttall Oak is the perfect accent for my yard. Perfect Plants provided superior service from start to finish and I greatly appreciate all of the help along the way with planting tips too. I’ve purchased other trees from Perfect Plants too and have been very impressed with how easy it is to ship trees to my home.

    • Perfect Plants

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for your purchase of the Nuttall oak. We are thrilled you are so happy and you are very welcome for the planting tips for this privacy tree. We are happy to assist with any gardening/landscape endeavors you may have in the future.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    lindawoodward (verified owner)

    I was skeptical of ordering a tree online until my Nuttall Oak arrived in mint condition–tap root & leader intact, many branches & healthy green leaves, wet soil in container, and perfect packaging. PERFECT PLANTS exceeded my expectations by far with a superior product. They obviously are master growers; email & chat response time was also superior as was shipping speed. So happy to have new shade tree growing in front!

    • Perfect Plants

      Linda, thank you so much for being our customer! We are so thrilled you are pleased with your new Nuttall oak shade tree. I am glad we exceeded your expectations and we can’t wait to help you grow the landscape of your dreams!

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