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An individual instance of Zelkova serrata (Japanese zelkova)
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This Japanese zelkova tree that stands next to the Owen School is one of the most noteworthy trees in the arboretum because of its status as the only reigning state champion tree on campus. One reason for its champion status is its large measured diameter of 60 cm (24 in.). However, that single measurement underestimates the actual size of the tree, since there are actually a total of four trunks. The smaller three trunks have diameters of 53 cm, 45 cm, and 40 cm, so if the tree had a single trunk, it would be much larger.

To learn more about the history of this tree and its relationship to Bishop McTyeire, go to its history page.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-845.

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

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

Remarks: This is the Tennessee state champion Japanese zelkova and was planted by Bishop McTyeire, first chair of Vanderbilt University's Board of Trust (The Trees of Vanderbilt, 1994, p.26).


Zelkova serrata

(Thunb.) Makino

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common name: Japanese zelkova
family: Ulmaceae
Identified 1994 by Robert Kral


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14696°, -86.80061°
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
leaf - showing orientation on twig

Metadata last modified: 2020-05-06T10:09:39.441-05:00
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