Shumard Oak Tree

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Valuable, Fast Growing Shumard Red Oak

  • Fast Growing
  • Hardy
  • Shade Tree
  • Fantastic Fall Color
  • Timber and Wildlife Value
  • Easy to Grow

If you want to plant an investment tree for your property, Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), is one of the best. From valuable timber to wildlife mast food production, the Shumard offers a fast growth rate and amazing fiery red fall color.

What's not to love? This oak is native to the southern coastal regions from Texas to Virginia and inland along the Mississippi River Valley States. This majestic oak grows as a towering statement among the other forest trees.

Perfect as a paired planting with White Oak, this tree was named after a noted and tremendously diverse physician and geologist, Benjamin Franklin Shumard. It was mentioned often in his early surveys of Texas Red Oaks.

As autumn approaches, the Shumard Oak Tree will put on a brilliant fall colorshow of reds and oranges to finish out the season. Red Oaks are renowned for their fall color and we think the Shumard leads the pack with its colorful fall display.

Order your Shumard Red Oak today and get started improving your landscape.

How to Use Shumard Oak in the Landscape

Fast-growing Shumard Oak Trees can reach mature height quickly, providing you with an outstanding shade tree in a fraction of the time that most Red Oaks would require. The 4-8 inch pointed, deep-lobed leaves are shiny and dark green. Shumard's canopy can be pyramidal to an open, up-right canopy with a rounded crown.

Planting a Shumard Oak Tree gives you an impressive shade tree. The tree has a natural habit and requires little pruning and general maintenance.

The acorns produced are considered prime forage for wildlife. Pair with other Oak trees to ensure a consistent acorn production across the season.

The wood of the Shumard Oak is considered to be of higher quality and color than other varieties of Oaks. The wood is used for flooring, furniture, moldings, paneling and cabinets.

Use as a beautiful accent lawn tree or plant several together in a naturalized grouping. Include other wildlife trees like the Eastern Red Cedar or Native American Plum. Add berry bushes such as Elderberry, Chokeberry, and Silver Buffaloberry.

#ProPlantTips for Care

The Shumard Oak prefers well-drained, loamy, soils, but is reported to do well in high pH, alkaline, nutrient deficient locations - just so long as the drainage is good. It performs best in full sun when planted in well-drained soil conditions.

Intolerant of shade, the Shumard grows fast to reach the tops of the forest's canopy where it can get plenty of sunlight. This fast growth rate will benefit all who are looking for a fast-growing shade tree that is the perfect lawn specimen. This long-lived tree can live to be well over 200 years old.

It simply loves hot, humid climates with hot summers and short winters. Once established, the Shumard Oak also has shown some drought resistance in areas such as Oklahoma and Texas.

Though drought tolerant, the Shumard can become stressed in extreme drought. Apply a 3-4-inch layer of mulch 3 to 4 feet outside of the canopy to keep roots cool in the hot summer. In extended periods of dry, apply additional summer water.

Care should be taken when transplanting not to upset the roots. Shumard Oak is very sensitive to being moved once planted. Get bare root plants planted as soon as possible after receiving.

It is even reported not to be attractive to deer in many locations. Spray all new plants with repellent in deer country to train them to leave your new plants alone.

Easy to grow, long-lived, and hardy, the Shumard Oak Tree is an excellent choice for your landscape. It will provide you with years of shade, color and bring additional value to your property. Order today with confidence that thistree is a great choice.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Shumard Oak Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Quercus shumardii
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant