Shumard Red Oak, quercus shumardii

Shumard Red Oak, quercus shumardii
Item# DA-shumardoak
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Inventory available as of Feb. 1, 2018: 00 Acorns.

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 98%; Where Harvested (location) - Louisiana

Shumard oak is a deciduous tree that usually gets about 75 ft tall with a broad, open crown that spreads about 40 ft across. On really good sites, Shumard oak is one of the largest of the southern oaks, reaching more than 100 ft in height with a tall, straight trunk 4-5 ft in diameter. The leaves of shumard oak are variable, 6-8 in long, with 7, 9 or 11 bristle-tipped lobes with sinuses that extend half way to the midvein. In fall the leaves turn red or golden brown. The flowers are typical of oaks in general: female flowers are tiny and held in small inconspicuous spikes, and male flowers are clustered in hanging catkins about 6 in long. Flowers appear with the opening of the leaves in early spring. The acorns are about an inch long with a deep, saucer-shaped cup that encloses about a third of the nut.Shumard oak looks a lot like the scarlet oak and northern red oak. The Shumard Red Oak grows in rich, moist woods, especially near creeks or swamps, in the southeastern U.S. from Virginia to Illinois and Kansas, and south to Texas and central Florida. There are a few isolated localities scattered as far north as Pennsylvania and Michigan. Summertime shade and brilliant fall color make the Shumard oak a good choice as a shade tree for a large landscape. They are often planted as street trees or along pathways and sidewalks. Shumard oak can withstand a wetter soil than the similar northern red oak. Its reddish-brown wood, marketed as red oak, is hard, heavy and close-grained. It is very valuable and used for veneer, flooring, and furniture. The Shumard Red Oak is cold hard to USDA Zone 5.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 120 days or until radicle emergence. Germination: Sow seed 1 to 2 inches deep, tamp soil, keep moist, mulch seed bed. OTHER: Fall sowing in mulched seedbeds is preferred to artificial stratification.