Common Name: Shumard Oak
Latin Name: Quercus shumardii
Tree Size: Large
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Rapid
Water Needs: Moderate
Tolerances: Drought, poorly drained sites, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, reliable fall color, seeds or fruit eaten by wildlife
Features: Young trees have “candelabra” shape; fall color is orange to deep red.
Comments: Widely available; prefers well-drained soils. Seed source of trees may determine success.
Problems: Fruit drop; oak wilt is a serious disease problem in parts of Texas.