Tree Blog

Quercus shumardii | Menlo Park

Here, we see the westernmost member of the Eastern Red Oak group, Shumard Oak (Q. shumardii), a tree that is commonly and successfully used in urban Texas. This photo was taken in Menlo Park, California, with Shumard Oak being used as a street tree. Shumard Oak (Q. shumardii) has clear advantages over Red Oak (Q. rubra) in California, one being a more upright, clearance-friendly growth habit. Shumard Oak grows well in the more alkaline, arid-derived soils of California. It does share a wide trunk base with Red Oak (Q. rubra), so it would not be surprising to see substantial pavement damage associated with the pictured trees in future years. 

Dave Muffly