Quercus shumardii

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Shumard Oak

Plant Specifics

Size:To 80 ft tall by To 80 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Deciduous. Red fall color. Blooms early spring (inconspicuous). Acorns ripen second fall. Life span 100_ years (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Fall color, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Relatively conical or oval in form. Straight trunk. 
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Acorns used by mammals and birds.


Larval host for the white-m hairstreak and Horace's duskywing.

Native Habitats:Wet calcareous hammocks, wetland edges and floodplains. Sometimes in bluff microsites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures