Nuttall Oak Tree

Nuttall Oak Tree

12 reviews
  • Fast growing

  • Shade tree

  • Showy fall color

  • Low maintenance

Regular price $29.99

  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Inventory on the way
  • Ships in 2-3 business days
  • Buy direct from the grower
  • Family owned farm since 1980
  • You're good to grow this in Zone X

Fast Growing Oak is a Favorite Amongst Wildlife and Produces Bushels of Acorns

This easy-to-grow Nuttall Oak tree Quercus is perfect for a beautiful, low maintenance shade tree in home gardens.

The Nuttall oak tree is prized for its fall color as well, in mid to late fall its lobed leaves will turn bright red before being shed as all deciduous trees do. The Nuttall oak leaf can grow up to 4-8 inches long. The tree will flower in April and May with yellow green flowers that shed pollen.

The fast growth habit of this tree is magnificent! This vase shaped, fast growing tree is one of our favorite species of oaks and nut trees that grows native to North America. It has the same shape as a pin oak with upper ascending branching and lower vertical branches.

You can commonly see this fast growing acorn tree growing along the Mississippi river basin all the way to southern Illinois to East Texas and Alabama. It can tolerate wet planting sites.

Its acorns are a favorite among wildlife such as ducks, deer, and squirrels! The tree’s acorns in its upper branches will begin to ripen in autumn in their second year and are dark brown in color. Acorn production will increase year after year.  


The Nuttall tree is adaptable to a wide range of soil but prefers loamy, well-drained soil, and full sun.  The oak trees can even tolerate poorly drained areas (it adjusts to wet soil) more than any other red oak cultivar and will grow profusely as a young tree.

The Nuttall Oak growth rate is extremely fast… up to 2-4 feet per year. The Nuttall’s mature size is up to 60 feet tall over 20 years and 80 feet at maturity. Space the trees at least 30-35 feet apart or more if you have the room so they can grow to their full potential.

Water thoroughly as a young tree. The Nuttall oak root systems are large and extensive and need a regular watering schedule to survive long term. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will help with growth.

Grow this fast growing oak quercus in the United States department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 5-9.

Great for home landscapes that desire fall foliage and help enhance curb appeal!

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Shipping information

Once your Nuttall Oak Tree 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.

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.

Growing 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 and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!


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!

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Botanical Name
Quercus Texana

Full Sun

Flower Color

Foliage Color
Green, Red

Mature Width
35-50 ft

Mature Height
60-80 ft

Growing Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Timothy B.

If I could give six stars I would! I ordered a Nuttall Oak which arrived in mid-October. The tree was fully leafed out, very green and well hydrated trunk and stems. The tree was almost six feet tall (it was described as being between five and six feet tall). It arrived in perfect condition and was much much better than I expected. Kudos to this company for getting it right. I will buy from them again. Tim


Perfect Plants

Hello Timothy, Thank you for the kind review and words! We're glad to hear that your Nuttall Oak Tree arrived as expected and we hope for your continued support.

Gail H.

Nice tree.


Perfect Plants

Hi Gail, Thanks for the review! I hope you're very satisfied with our Nuttall Oak Tree

Gail H.

Nice tree.

Tina F.

Very nice


Looked great upon arrival!

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