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Information on Shumard Oak Trees

Information on Shumard Oak Trees

Information on Shumard Oak Trees. Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) is a large red oak tree that grows mostly in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Illinois and Kansas and south to Texas and central Florida. Some trees grow as far north as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

Shumard oak (Quercus shumardii) is a large red oak tree that grows mostly in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Illinois and Kansas and south to Texas and central Florida. Some trees grow as far north as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
Description
Shumard oak trees average about 75 feet tall, although they are shorter in cooler climates and can grow to more than 100 feet. The leaves are typically 6 to 8 inches long, with seven, nine or 11 bristle-tipped lobes. The trees are deciduous, with fall leaf colors that range from hues of red and yellow on brown leaves to russet to orange-red.
Growing Conditions
Shumard oak trees grow in rich, moist woods, especially near creeks or swamp. The tree grows in acidic, neutral or alkaline soils. Seedlings require full sun to develop, but established saplings and trees can tolerate partial shade. Established trees can tolerate drought but may lose leaves.
Uses
Shumard oaks make good shade trees and are often planted as street trees. Lumber from the Shumard oak is hard, heavy and close-grained and used for veneer, flooring and furniture.

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