Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii)

Shumard oak acorns on the ground under the tree.Mature Shumard oak tree

Shumard oak trees are one of the largest species red oaks. They are fast-growing in their youth and begin to produce acorns at about 25 years of age. Shumard acorns are a desired food source for many animals, so the acorns do not last long once they fall to the ground.

Most Shumard oaks drop their acorns from mid November to December. However, this timing is a genetic trait and depending on the tree, some may begin to drop acorns as early as mid October while some may drop into late January. Shumard oaks produce good acorn crops every 2 to 4 years with light to moderate crops in between.

In natural settings, Shumards are typically found as individual trees. However, planting multiple trees in the same area increases pollination rates and the overall amount of acorns produced.

Shumards are very hardy trees and can withstand both drought and flooding. They are also very stress-tolerant, making them easy to grow and care for. Shumard oaks are bottomland natives, but they will grow in various types of soils and are tolerant of high pH levels and nutrient deficiencies. For best results though, Shumard oaks should be planted areas with well-drained soils that receive full sun.

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