Shumard Red Oak information (Quercus shumardii). Most Oak trees are slow to moderate growing the Shumard Red Oak is one of the faster-growing oak trees. Turns a brilliant red-orange during the fall seasons it will drop its leaves once the winter season arrives.
Where to place the Shumard Red Oak?
A good tree for the southwest as it tolerates the hot southwestern sun. It is a good tree for shade, however, make sure to place where there is ample space for it to grow.
It will get much taller than the Texas Red Oak…it will grow to about 120ft. tall and 50-60ft. wide. Be sure to take that into consideration before placing this tree in your yard or landscape area. It may take 30-40 years before it reaches its natural height.
Once the tree becomes well-established it does become drought resistant. Typically around the 3-4 year after initial planting.
Problems with the Shumard Oak Tree
The Shumard Oak is a very hardy tree and not susceptible to diseases and insects throughout the southwest. But if the conditions are right it may develop Oaktree wilt. This is a fungal virus (Bretziella fagacearum) that attacks Oak trees in regions where there is lots of rainfall.
Read more about this disease at Wikipedia.
Aphids will on occasion attack this tree but this is rare and usually occurs when the tree is a seedling or recently planted. Spray with neem oil to kill aphids. Learn more about insects and diseases on this post, insects on plants.
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