Shumard Oak

All About the Shumard Oak:

Scientific Nomenclature: Quercus shumardii

Common Names: Shumard oak, spotted oak, Schneck oak, swamp red oak

Mature Height: 50–70 feet

Mature Spread: 40–50 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Birds, mammals, select butterfly and moth species.

Messiness: Shumard oaks do not produce acorns until 25 years of age. Once old enough to produce them, the acorns they produce will require two years to fully mature. Acorns will mature and drop during autumns every two years. Leaves also drop in autumn.

Shape: Round

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Prefers moist, well-drained acidic (<6.0pH) loam but is tolerant of occasionally wet or dry sand or clays.

Screening: Has no use as a screening or privacy tree.

Drought Tolerance: Is somewhat drought tolerant.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Shumard oaks do not require pruning. Deadwood can be removed as needed while the tree is dormant to maintain its health.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one Shumard oak will:

  • Sequester ~1,071 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 334 gallons.