Native no. But they will grow there just fine. Many say they don't produce as early in more northern climates as the south. North Mo gets darn cold compared to south or even south central. Hybrid bur oaks would prolly be a better choice IMO but I just went to the school of Paul Knox threads lol
Are sawtooth oaks - red or white oaks? Since they are not native - any concern about them becoming invasive? I am not familiar with these, but I like the idea that they produce acorns early. Sound like teseand chestnuts as well.
They are considered a red (takes two years to produce acorns) but some say they are neither. Far as I'm concerned they are a red but have a very low tanin content apparently. Some will tell you they can become invasive, but I've been growing them 16 years and I WISH they would become invasive. All I know is if they aren't in full sun with a tube around them and you have more than 2 deer per square mile, they are NOT going to be invasive. No more so than chinese chestnuts.
Thanks - sounds like somethign worth a shot - do they get big like a traditional oak or are the more like an orchard type tree? What sort of soils do they do best in? I go dry upland and wet bottomland. I have a neighbor that has a large oak plantaton (literally 50 acres or more) that at some point I am going to have to compete with. They are in the timber business so I know those trees are going be around for a long time. I am going to need some sort of "secret weapon" and it sounds like these may be nice to have on my side of the fence.