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Common name: Shumard OakType: Ornamental treesAspect: Prefers partial shadeColour: RedSeason: AutumnSoil: Moist and well drainedSize: Very largeDelivery: Collection onlyImage: WTGN
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Quercus shumardii (Shumard oak) is native to the Atlantic coastal plain and much of south and eastern USA, as far north as southern Canada. A very handsome ornamental tree, capable of becoming very large indeed, given a couple of centuries of course, and noted for the large leaves (up to 20cm in length) which are dark green, turning to rich red late in the year. The acorns are unusual, inasmuch that they may take up to three years to mature, reaching up to 30mm in diameter, very much larger than our native English oaks. Grow in fertile, reasonably moist but well drained soils in full sun, or light shade which is marginally preferred.
Final height may be as much as 20m with a crown width of some 10m and there are recorded instances of Quercus shumardii growing to at least 480 years old.