At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Fagaceae
Latin Name: Quercus shumardii
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Brownish-red
Bloom: Greenish
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Pyramidal to spreading
Bark: Dark gray and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 9
Size: 40 to 60 feet
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Care: Medium to dry, well drained soil

You may know of Quercus Shumardii by its more common epithets—“Shumard Oak”, “Spotted Oak”, “Schneck Oak”, “Swamp Red Oak”, or “Shumard Red Oak”. It is one of the tallest and majestic oak variations belonging to the red oak subgroup, native to the lowlands of the southeastern United States. With a 5-9 hardiness zone rating, the imposing Shumard Oak’s pyramidal crown can rise up to 40-60 ft., with its spreading branches spanning out 30-40 ft. This giant member of the Fagaceae family is typically straight-standing, with deeply fluted buttresses near the ground. It features a columnar trunk enshrouded within silvery-gray bark, which grows darker and more furrowed with age; a mature tree’s bark may sometimes exhibit white splotches.

Its alternate dark green leaves are broad, lobed, and bristle-edged, with late autumn auburn-brown foliage (in Texas, this specimen’s foliage may redden as late as December; in Florida, the same species may reveal its autumn pigments in February). The Shumard Oak is characterized by fairly large acorns, which usually take 1-3 years to mature, and so are often overlooked during the tree’s early development. These acorns are a rich food source for a variety of songbirds, game birds, deer, wild hogs, squirrels, waterfowl, and other wildlife species. The Shumard Oak’s humble green catkins make a brief appearance in April.

Valued as a shade tree, a precious wildlife habitat, as a dramatic ornamental landscape or street tree, and as a source of superior lumber, the Shumard Oak is commercially valuable and widely planted throughout the east coast. It is drought-resistant, preferring full sun and medium to dry, well-drained soils. This specimen is furthermore adaptable to difficult urban environments and is tolerant of compact loam.

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