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An individual instance of Quercus phellos (willow oak)
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This is the biggest tree you see as you cross 21st Avenue S. at the Wesley Place crosswalk, and it is the seventh largest tree in the Vanderbilt arboretum. Although it is difficult to measure exact heights, this tree is in a three-way tie for tallest tree on campus, with a height of 32 meters (105 ft.).

This tree is one of the few remaining trees on campus that were probably planted in the years immediately after Vanderbilt was founded. Because of its location near 21st Ave. S., it is possible to track it back in time using historical photos of the Vanderbilt campus.

The small, narrow leaves of willow oak are quite different from most of the other oaks in middle Tennessee and without careful inspection one might think that a small tree was a willow.  However, the clustered buds at the end of the twig are a sure sign that this tree is an oak.  In the fall, large trees also produce acorns, which are also typical of oaks.  The willow oak acorns are among the smallest produced by oaks.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-795.

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Quercus phellos


sec. 1993

common name: willow oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-04-05 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14606°, -86.79987°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
bark - of a large tree
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - male
inflorescence - whole - male 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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