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Quercus shumardii

 Shumard Red Oak

A beautiful tree, Shumard red oak's natural range is only through Zone 9, but this beautiful specimen was photographed growing in the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach (Zone 10).

Shumard Red Oak Tree

 

Shumard Red Oak leaves showing late winter color change. Click to enlarge.

Shumard Red Oak bark. Click to enlarge.

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Shumard red oak

Botanical Name:   Quercus shumardii

Plant Type:  Deciduous tree

Zones: 5-9

Height:  to 80'

Soil Requirements:  Not too particular as to soil, but needs good drainage.

Water Requirements: Good drought tolerance

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade.

Leaves:  Oval 4-7" long and 3-4" wide, and usually seven lobed with pointed tips. Leathery, glossy green above, turning bright red before dropping in fall. 

Flowers: Brownish catkins to 6" long in spring.

Fruit: Brown acorn, the basal cup covering 1/3 of the fruit.

Uses:  Beautiful shade tree.

Propagation:  Seeds

Source:  Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

 
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