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An individual instance of Quercus nigra (water oak)
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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.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-879.

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Quercus nigra


sec. 1993

common name: water oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2014-08-23 by Steven J. Baskauf


Broadway and 21st Ave., S., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14817°, -86.79974°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - winter 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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