A native of the bottomlands of the southeastern United States, Shumard Oak grows well in full sun on a wide variety of soils. Although it prefers moist, rich, bottomland soil where it will grow rapidly, it will tolerate somewhat drier locations. Shumard Oak is stress-tolerant and will endure urban conditions quite well, including high pH soil. It appears to be well-adapted to clay soil, even those which are poorly drained. Shumard Oak is often confused with red oak (Quercus rubra) and nuttall oak.
Oak wood is considered ring porous to semi-ring porous. Oaks serve as larvae host plants for the brown duskywing butterfly (Erynnis horatius) and the gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus).
USDA Hardiness Zone 5B to 9B
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