This tree is very tolerant to high pH soils and is considered a drought tolerant species. Shumard Oak is great shade tree with leathery, lustrous dark green leaves in the summer which turns into an outstanding deep crimson-red in the fall. The acorns are fairly large at 3/4 to 1 inch in length and are a good food source for various birds and mammals. This is a new oak variety that we have recently planted and are hopeful for its success. This specimen was donated by the City of Fort Collins.