Shumard oak Fagaceae Quercus shumardii
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.