Shumard Oak

Quercus shumardii

The Shumard oak is native to the southeastern United States with the northern range expanding into Ohio. Shumard oak is a pyramidal tree, growing 50-90 ft. and becoming more open at maturity. Bark is thick, smooth, and grayish, becoming furrowed and darker gray. Leaves frequently turning scarlet in the fall, up to 7 inches long, with 2 to 4 pairs of pointed lobes with soft, bristle like tips. Sinuses between the lobes reaching from 1/2 to 3/4 the distance from the tip of the lobe to the leaf midrib. Acorns almost as wide as long, 3/4 to 1 inch long when mature. The small acorns from this tree are a favorite of deer and squirrels and are enjoyed by several species of birds and mammals.


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