The shumard red oak is widely known for its broad sharp edged leaf and beautiful colors in the fall. Hence the name shumard “red” the leaves turn a vibrant red and orangish colors in the fall before shedding. Although it does require pruning, this tree will grow upright with a broad, spreading canopy anle to block out light. It is an ideal shade tree for almost any Texas landscape, adaptable to nearly all soil types, and is heat and drought resistant. This is a moderately fast growing tree, around 1.5 to 2.5 feet a year, and will reach maturity at around 50 to 60 feet high.