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An individual instance of Quercus rubra (northern red oak)
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Although this is not the largest red oak in arboretum, it is the largest one on main campus, with a diameter of 106 cm (42 in.), height of 28 m (92 ft.), and impressive crown spread of 26 m (85 ft.). It is also prominent because of its location at the north end of Alumni Lawn, where it towers over commencement ceremonies each spring.

Red oak leaves have the typical pointed lobes of oaks in the red oak group. A feature that is perhaps more distinctive is the "striped" look of the bark caused by flat-topped ridges in the bark. You may notice this when you look up the trunk of this tree.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 3-419.

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Quercus rubra


sec. 1993

common name: northern red oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2014-08-27 by Steven J. Baskauf


north end of Alumni Lawn, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14795°, -86.80406°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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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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