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An individual instance of Quercus rubra (northern red oak)
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The red oak in front of the Payne Building on the Peabody Esplanade has the distinction of being the largest tree on Peabody Campus, as well as the largest red oak in the arboretum. Its 118 cm (46 in.) diameter, 30 m (97 ft.) height, and 21 m (67 ft.) crown spread place it among the ten largest oaks at Vanderbilt and make it one of the tallest trees on campus.

If you can find acorns under the tree, you will notice that their cups look like little French berets. Despite the name "red oak", the leaves have a somewhat dull red color in the fall. Hoever, red color often shows up in leaf petioles.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 1-491.

This particular organism is believed to have managed means of establishment.

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

Remarks: Described in the 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt p. 90.


Quercus rubra


sec. 1993

common name: northern red oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-04-10 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.1423°, -86.79845°
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
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
bark - of a large tree
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
twig - close-up winter leaf scar/bud
leaf - unspecified
leaf - unspecified
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - female
fruit - lateral or general close-up 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.

Metadata last modified: 2019-10-16T22:24:42.018-05:00
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