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 Quercus shumardii
AuthorBuckley 1860
Synonymsshumardii var. schneckii Sarg.1918
schneckii Britton 1901
texana auctores not Buckl.
Local namesShumard's oak;
RangeSouth Ontario; Eastern and Central USA; introduced in Europe in 1908;
Growth habit30 m tall and more; rounded open crown;
Leaves 7.5-18 x 6-13 cm; leathery; 3-5 pairs of bristle-tipped, toothed lobes with deep sinuses; apex acute; base obtuse to acute; lustrous dark green, hairless above; pale, smooth beneath with some axillary tufts of rusty hairs; red at fall; petiole hairless 2-6 cm long;
Flowersspring
Fruitsacorn 1.5-2.8 cm long, with dark brown streaks; short-stalked; enclosed 1/4 by cup; cup 15-30 mm in diameter, with greyish pubescent, pointed, appressed scales; maturing in 2 years;

Bark, twigs and
buds

bark smooth, grey, becoming minutely fissured into pale ridges and dark furrows; twig grey to pale brown; buds pale grey brown, never rusty, hairless, ellipsoid, 4-8 mm long, pentagonal in cross-section, with bloomy scales;
Hardiness zone, habitathardy; all types of soils, but prefers moist and rich ones; rather fast-growing;
Miscellaneous-- A. Camus : n 426;
-- section Lobatae ;
-- resembles Q.velutina ;
-- Benjamin F. Shumard (1820-1869) : geologist in Texas ;
-- numerous hybrids, mainly with Q.falcata (= x joori), Q.imbricaria (= x egglestoni), Q.palustris (= x mutabilis), Q.phellos (= x moultonensis), Q.velutina (= x discreta), Q.marilandica (= x hastingsii), Q.nigra (= x neopalmeri) ;
Subspecies and
varieties

1_var. texana (Buckl.) Ashe = Q.texana Buckl. = Q.nuttallii Palmer ==> see Q.texana

2_var. schneckii (Britt. ) Sarg. 1926
= Q.schneckii Britton 1901
actually it is the type ....but with deeper acorn cup enclosing 1/4 to 1/3 of nut;

3_var.acerifolia E.J.Palmer 1927
= Q.acerifolia (E.J.Palmer) Stoynoff & Hess 1990

4_ var. stenocarpa Laughlin 1969
very small cupules (12-18 mm in diameter) enclosing less than 1/3 of nut; Missouri, Illinois;

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