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An individual instance of Quercus michauxii (swamp chestnut oak)
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This tree is along the Esplanade, out from the southeast corner of the Cohen Building and near the sidewalk that crosses the Esplanade.

Both swamp chestnut oak and swamp white oak trees are found naturally in wetlands.  They both have leaves similar to chinkapin oak: shallow rounded lobes (or large rounded teeth) and lower leaf surfaces that appear whitish and may be hairy.  The primary difference in the leaves are in the number of veins.  Swamp chestnut oak leaves usually have 9 or more pairs of veins that extend to the lobes, while swamp white oak leaves have 5 to 8 pairs of veins with not all extending to the tips of the lobes.

If acorns are available, the two species are fairly easily distinguished.  Swamp chestnut oak acorns have short peduncles (stalks) while swamp white oak acorns have very long peduncles.

This tree is described on p. 95 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-420.

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Remarks: Described in the 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt p. 95.


Quercus michauxii


sec. 1993

common name: swamp chestnut oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-06-13 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
leaf - unspecified
leaf - unspecified
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface 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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