OAK, TEXAS RED
Quercus shumardii or texana KWER-kus shoe-MARD-ee-eye, tex-AN-uh
Deciduous Sun Height 80 feet Spread 80 feet Spacing 20 - 50 feet
HABIT: Graceful, upright and spreading, typically no central stem, fall color varies from brown to yellow to red. Fast-growing oak.
CULTURE: Hard to establish, must have excellent drainage, not picky about soil type, drought tolerant.
USES: Shade tree, fall color.
PROBLEMS: Borers, scale, wet feet.
NOTES: Red oaks are magnificent and graceful trees. They have always been one of my favorites but they are the subject of a large, confusing tree problem. Buying the right plant is not always easy. There are 3 red oaks that are very similar and will all work in the alkaline soils, Quercus shumardii, Quercus texana and Quercus gravesii is the Chisos oak.