June 11, 2013
Quercus shumardii
Swamp Red Oak, Shumard's Oak

DescriptionThis large, stately oak has quick growth, survives many poor growing sites and produces acorns prized by wildlife. The lustrous summer foliage and rich fall colour provide a dramatic landscape statement.
UsageParking lot island, highway, reclamation, shade tree.
OriginSouthern Ontario; central and southeastern USA
Hardiness zone5
Form/textureOpen crown, wide-spreading; large stately tree.
Growth rateMedium-, long-lived.
Leaf7-11 toothed lobes, glossy green, then rich fall colour.
FlowerMay, inconspicuous.
Fruit2-2.5 cm, plentiful, falling in October of second year, food for wildlife.
Exposure/cultureFull sun.
Tolerates wide range of soil types and pH.
Inhabits low wet ground and poorly drained clay plains.
Tolerates droughty and occasionally wet soils.
Moderately difficult to transplant.
Forms buttressed trunk, so needs at least 2 metres from curbing.
CommentsThe species named for Benjamin Franklin Schumard (1820-1869), state geologist for Texas (Jacobson).

Very urban adaptable.

Prune to single leaders for stronger long-term structure.

Fruit may be a litter problem until tree is found by local wildlife.

Jacobson, A.L. 1996. North American Landscape Trees. Ten Speed Press, Berkely California. 722pp.