A stately, strong and long-lived tree with beautiful fall color, the Shumard oak is a great selection for yards. This adaptable species has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common, making it a fine choice for street trees as well.
While this tree is favored by homeowners, deer and squirrels also love its small acorns.
The potted shumard oak can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map
This is a shade tree, featuring a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight.
The Shumard oak grows to a height of 40–60' and a spread of 40–60' at maturity.
This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.
Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
The Shumard oak grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy and well-drained soils. While it prefers normal moisture, the tree has some drought tolerance.
The small acorns from this tree are a favorite of deer and squirrels and also enjoyed by several species of birds and mammals.