Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute


January 4, 2021
Shumard Oak

Trees are valuable assets in the landscape. Learn more about this versatile tree.

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One of the largest oaks native to the Southeast, shumard oak is a favorite among gardeners, thanks to its abundant summer shade and vivid fall color.

One of the most attractive features of the tree is its traditional oak-shaped leaves, which turn a rich shade of red in the fall.

Shumard oaks can reach 75 to 100 feet in height and grow best in full sun. Like other oaks, it should be pruned properly when it’s young to help it develop a strong branch structure.

Planting a shumard oak can also help make your yard more Florida-Friendly, since these trees produce large acorns that attract squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ in a Minute is a production of the University of Florida’s Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program, IFAS Extension, and WUFT-FM in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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