Hardy Planting Zone – Our Shumard oak trees grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9, covering most of the United States.
Bloom Season – Shumard oaks will bloom between March and April, depending on your zone and weather conditions.
Bloom Color – It will produce greenish catkins in the spring, and the leaves are green.
Height at Maturity – Shumard oaks can grow to 40’ to 60’.
Soil Type Preferred – The Shumard oak grows well in loamy, well-drained, and acidic soils and will tolerate alkaline soils and clay soils.
Sun or Shade – They prefer full sun with at least 6 hours of direct unfiltered sunlight per day.
Shumard oaks are perfect for any yard and make excellent shade trees with a canopy spread of 40 feet to 60 feet.
These oaks are stately trees that grow tall and straight with sturdy branches that grow into a rounded crown. They put on a beautiful show during the fall with leaves that turn a brilliant red to red-orange color.
Shumard oaks tolerate various soil types, including compacted soil, which makes them great for most landscaping situations.
They prefer average moisture, but they can tolerate drought conditions and short-term flooding. And unlike some other types of oaks, they can be transplanted reasonably easily. They grow at a medium rate of 13” to 24” per year.
Like other oak trees, the Shumard oak produces tiny egg-shaped acorns about 1 inch in length. They produce acorns for about ever 2 to 4 years. Their acorns take two years to mature, and the tree can start producing acorns around 25 years of age.
Shumard oaks should be pruned once per year during the early spring before the leaves appear while the tree is dormant. Remove broken branches or branches that rubbing against other branches. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the tree’s canopy at one time.