This water oak is located by the gate near Vanderbilt Law School. It is clearly very old because of its large size -- in 2014 it had a diameter of 90 cm (35 in.). Despite its size and age, neither it nor any of the other trees in this area are among the original trees planted on campus. However, it probably was around when this was still used as the main entrance to the campus. To learn more about this entrance and the original gateposts that are near this tree, go to its history page
Water oaks do not have the large lobes we think of being typical for oaks. The edges of their leaves are typically smooth and if they have any lobes, they are small and sometimes bristle-tipped.