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Shumard Red Oak
Quercus shumardii

Also called the Spotted Oak, this species is native to eastern North America. The growth of the trees is straight and vertical, with some trees growing to heights of 35 m. It is distinguished from other oaks by the hairy red buds (compared to the hairless brown buds in other species). In the past, the bitter acorns were roasted and ground to make coffee.

Habitat:Bottomland forests, moist upland forests, stream banks.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing up to 40 m tall.
Bloom Time:Early spring.
Longevity:Long-lived.
Presence in US:AL AR FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MD MI MO MS NC NE NY OH OK PA SC TN TX VA WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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