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An individual instance of Quercus macrocarpa (bur oak)
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This tree is in the northeast corner of the greenspace on the east side of 21st Ave. S. and near the Susan Gray School dropoff area.

Bur oak is one of the more distinctive oaks.  Its leaves have rounded lobes, but the sinuses (indentations) are uneven.  The sinuses near the leaf base may reach almost to the midvein.  The acorns of bur oak are unmistakable.  Their caps cover most of the nuts and have long fringes along the edge.

Bur oak is not particularly common, but it is found throughout middle Tennessee.  There are several large bur oak trees on campus and an example on the main campus is over 200 years old.  This individual produces many acorns in the fall and its low branches provide an opportunity to get a good look at the leaves.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-476.

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Quercus macrocarpa


sec. 1993

common name: bur oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2014-09-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


along 21st Ave.S., Peabody campus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14264°, -86.79981°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general 1993 =

Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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