Audubon® Shumard Oak
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When you learn that many bird populations have shrunk drastically in recent years, it’s easy to feel discouraged and helpless. “What can I possibly do to make a difference?” you may wonder. Well, you can do a very significant thing by planting bird habitat in your own garden! Oak Trees—a boon to birds in acorns, insects, and shelter—should be at the top of the list for your bird-friendly landscape, and Shumard Red Oak is one of the finest choices you can make. Shumard Oak provides all of these things to wildlife, and its fast growth and beautiful fall color endear it to humans, too. Splendid!
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-10' tall) container grown
Size C (10-12' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
The Shumard Oak grows wild in the Southeast and in the Lower Midwest. It is closely related to Pin Oak and Scarlet Oak and can interbreed with them, making identification difficult. Shumard Oak grows in a variety of habitats, from bottomland soils that may be under water for several weeks in spring to dry upland conditions. Growth is best in deep, rich soils with regular rainfall. The national champion resides in Clay City, Kentucky, and measures 136 feet tall and over 100 feet wide. Its trunk is more than 7 1/2 feet thick. The Shumard Oak was named after Benjamin Franklin Shumard, a 19th century physician and geologist who worked in Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas.
Any wildlife-friendly garden situated on a large property ought to include native Oaks, and the Shumard Oak is a fine choice. Its large, striped acorns feed turkeys, quail, and other birds, along with deer, squirrels, and many other wild creatures. It takes a long time for a tree to begin bearing acorns, however—most don’t start until they’re around 25 years old. In the meantime, the foliage is excellent forage for tiny insects, which in turn feed many native songbirds.
How to Grow
Shumard Oak is an easygoing and adaptable shade tree that will tolerate many growing conditions—wet or dry soils, high or low pH, sandy or clay soils. The one thing it will not stand for is shade, so plant it where it will get sun all day long. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System and feed annually with our Elements™ Fertilizer to help your tree establish a strong, healthy root system. Because of the risk of your tree contracting Oak wilt, a serious fungal disease, never prune Shumard Oak while it is actively growing. Prune only from December to February.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although one person can move this size tree around its large container, stem and branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to bring this new addition home to your landscape.
Size B Trees:
8-10' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! One strong person can lift this tree although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this tree home.
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