Campus Tree Walk | Shumard Oak

Shumard Oak | Quercus shumardii

Pronunciation: KWERK-us shoo-MAR-dee-eye
Scientific Name: Quercus shumardii
Common Names: Shumard oak
Family: Fagaceae
Origin: native to the southeastern United States, including adjacent states to the west and northwest
Height: 55 to 80 feet  |  Spread: 40 to 50 feet

Description: Part of the red oak family, the Shumard Oak is one of the largest of the red oak species in the Southeast spanning across much of the region. This tree is desirable both for its beauty and size as a shade tree and for its high lumber quality. These trees are commonly planted across towns and cities, and in the fall and winter show off a vibrant color change before losing their leaves. The Shumard oak also produces large acorns, which help easily identify if there is a Shumard Oak in the area.