Click for previous Image Image 1 of 4 Quercus nuttallii Nuttall Oak
Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor' - Nuttall Oak courtesy Will Forster

Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor' - Nuttall Oak from Quackin Grass Nursery

Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor'

Nuttall Oak

Plant Type:


Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor' (ex: Will Forster) - Will Forster collected 5 acorns, 4 from Louisiana and 1 from northeastern Arkansas. After growing these out in east central IL for years this area suffered a -25F winter night. The 4 trees from Louisiana suffered severe cambium damage. The single tree whose provenance is northeastern Arkansas was completely untroubled by this cold snap, breezed through it and continues to grow beautifully at the time of this writing a decade later. Leaves are lobed 5 to 9 leathery dark green with new growth emerging showy red-purple all through the growing season. Leaves are nicley cut and demarcated. Autumn color is variable, not consistent butt in some years metamorphoses to a very nice yellow, yellow-orange and/or orange to red-orange. This species, a close relative to Quercus palustris, also does not become chlorotic in higher Ph soils. Dirr likes it and has repeatedly suggested Q. nuttallii as a substitue for Q. palustris. Offerings are generally from southern trees that will not perform in the north; 'Survivor' will. Established potted Nuttall Oak. from acorn or cutting. Oaks are tap-rooted; in that, any we send out will not be large. All will have been root-pruned and on the way to establishment in a pot but better in the ground sooner than later.


40-60 ft


30-45 ft
Item Description Price  
QUERNUT Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $20.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Quercus nuttallii 'Survivor'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn / into Winter

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Alee

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Arkansas

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted