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An individual instance of Quercus falcata (southern red oak)
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This tree grows directly in front of Godchaux Hall, between its parking lot and 21st Ave.S. The best way to view it is from the bridge level on the side of MRB III nearest 21st Ave. As you walk towards main campus from the "front porch" of MRB III, its branches spread magnficently in front of you. Use the steps on the 21st Ave. S. side of MRB III to move between the base of its trunk on the street level and the level of the bridge between Peabody and main campus.

Southern red oak is relatively common in middle Tennessee, particularly in dry areas. This beautiful tree is Vanderbilt's only southern red oak and is part of the three-way tie for largest tree in the arboretum. Although it is difficult to get an exact measurement, this tree is tied for the tallest tree at Vanderbilt, with a height of 32 m (105 ft.). This tree also has an important place in the history of the campus as a landmark tree associated with the School of Nursing. To learn more about the story of this tree, go to its history page. This tree is also described on p. 30 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

Southern red oak has leaves typical of other red oaks: pointed lobes with prickle tips and relatively deep sinuses between the lobes. It is different from the others in two ways: the base of the leaf is rounded or bell-shaped, and the terminal lobe curves off to the side (is "falcate", hence the scientific name: Quercus falcata). Sometimes the terminal lobe is very narrow, long, and bent, giving the leaf a very distinctive look. The bark doesn't generally have the same "striped" look that is typical for the bark of northern red oak.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-123.

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Quercus falcata


sec. 1993

common name: southern red oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-06-11 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14479°, -86.80003°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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Occurrences were recorded for this particular organism on the following dates:
Remarks:Date approximate. The documenting photo shows this tree as the nearest tree in the center of the sidewalk.

Remarks:Date sometime between 1928 and 1932. In documenting image, red arrow shows the location of souther red oak 2-123.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
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whole tree (or vine) - winter
whole tree (or vine) - winter
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
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leaf - whole upper surface
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leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - showing orientation on twig
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
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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