Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Shumard Oak

Quercus shumardii
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Winter (Nov - Mar)
Main Color: Green
Fall Color: Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

40 to
60
feet

Spread:

40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Size
Height: 40 to
60
feet
Spread: 40 to
60
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Spectacular large tree for large spaces.
Establishment and Care Instructions
More tolerant of alkaline (limestone) soil than the Northern Red Oak. Tolerates short-term flooding, but not shade. Prefers well drained soil. Grows quickly for an oak!
Basic Description

Shumard oak can be considered the southern counterpart to the Northern Red oak. It’s a huge bottomland tree. The leaves are glossy deep green,deeply lobed, have pointed tips and usually show good red fall color. Among the first of the oaks to change color each year. The smooth bark is striped.

Special Features
Interesting Bark
Special Usage

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