Shumard Oak

Quercus shumardii

A large tree growing 100′ or taller, open spreading crown.

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, simple, dark green, smooth and shiny on top, paler beneath, turning red in the fall.

Flowers: Spring, male catkins 5 to 7″ in length, female in short spikes.

Fruit: singly or pairs, nut about 1″ long.

Twigs: smooth, slender to thick, gray to reddish brown.

Bark: light brown to gray or black, smooth at first, developing into tight furrows.

Comments: Good fall color, wildlife, good shade tree, prefers acidic to mildly alkaline soils.

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