Shumard oak Fagaceae Quercus
shumardii Buckley symbol: QUSH
Leaf: Alternate, simple, 4 to 7 inches long, 5 to 9 lobes with coarse bristle tips, sinuses extend more than halfway to midrib, shiny dark green above, pale green below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males are long hanging catkin in clusters, light green; females single or paired on a short stalk, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: Acorn, single or paired, 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long, oblong-ovoid; shallow, bowl-shaped, scaly cap covering less than 1/3 of acorn.
Twig: Moderately stout, grayish brown, glabrous, clustered terminal buds are 1/4 inch long, grayish brown, smooth or slightly fuzzy.
Bark: Grayish brown, developing dark, deep furrows, with light gray to white scaly ridge tops.
Form: A large southern oak, often over 100 feet tall and several feet in diameter, with a clear bole and a broad, spreading crown.
Looks like: black oak - scarlet oak - northern red oak - cherrybark oak
Additional Range Information: Quercus shumardii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Shumard oak.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS Silvics of North America - USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information - USDAFS Forest Products Lab
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson