The Shumard Oak is a favorite for yards because of the beautiful autumn colors it develops; orange, yellow, gold, deep reds, and purples. It is also a perfect tree for urban areas where it might come in contact with pollution, condensed soil or drought.
The Quercus Shumard is best grown in Hardiness Zones 5 through 9. It is a perfect selection for providing shade and is appreciated for its ornamental value as well. It is a moderately growing tree, and you can expect it to grow between 13 and 24 inches. It’s a sun lover, so be sure to let it grow in an area that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. The Shumard Oak also prefers wet soil but can tolerate drought occasionally, and also transplants with ease. It does also tolerate a little bit of occasional flooding.
The Shumard Oak is loved by squirrels, deer, raccoons, and various birds for its nuts and the safety of its branches. This oak is also popular with butterflies. It’s also a fairly tall tree known to grow about 80 to 115 feet at full maturity. You can easily identify the younger twigs by its lighter shade of green. Fruits and nuts won’t appear until the tree is around 25 years old. The acorns are edible as long as they are leached and roasted properly to avoid consuming any toxins.
Lumbers appreciate this oak for its mechanical superiority. It’s a popular wood for cabinetry, flooring, furniture, paneling and much more.
You can identify this oak by the five lobes on each leaf. It will eventually produce very small acorns and little hairy redbuds. The Shumard Oak is a deciduous tree; it will drop its leaves in the fall and produce new leaves in the spring. There are very small blooms produced on this tree, and they will be white or green and blend into the tree.