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An individual instance of Quercus phellos (willow oak)
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This tree is growing next to the central library in the corner formed by the library and the retaining wall whose steps lead up to the Divinity School. It is part of a four-way tie for largest tree in the Vanderbilt arboretum. It is also in a three-way tie for tallest tree on campus at a height of 32 meters (104 ft.).

Despite the fact that that many of its branches are high above the ground, this tree provides an excellent opportunity to examine the leaves (and in the fall, acorns) of willow oak. If you take the stairs to the top of the retaining wall, you can examine branches from the tree that overhang the wall. The small, narrow leaves look more like a willow than an oak, but the clustered buds at the end of the twig tell you that it actually is from the Quercus (oak) genus.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-1030.

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

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

Remarks: Mentioned in 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt book p.28.


Quercus phellos


sec. 1993

common name: willow oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-04-15 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
twig - orientation of petioles
twig - orientation of petioles
leaf - unspecified
leaf - unspecified
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male
fruit - lateral or general close-up
fruit - immature 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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