Shumard oak (Quercus shumardi), is one of the largest trees in the red oak group, able to grow up to 80 feet tall. The Shumard Oak is native to and distributed across a wide expanse of the southeastern United States, including Tennessee, but has the potential to be planted in a larger area in the future. The Shumard Oak is also called the spotted oak, Schneck oak, Shumard red oak, or swamp red oak. This fast-growing, adaptable tree is mostly used for shade and turns a lovely shade of crimson in the autumn. Its wood has also been used for furniture making, flooring, interior design, and construction. The Shumard Oak produces very large acorns and is a popular food source for woodland creatures, including squirrels, hogs, birds (songbirds, waterfowl, quail, and turkeys), and white-tailed deer. It is closely related to Nuttall Oak.

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Photos taken at Old Town June 2022.