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An individual instance of Quercus imbricaria (shingle oak)
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This is the tallest tree that grows beside the central library on the side nearest Frist Hall. With a heigh of 30.2 m (nearly 100 feet), this tree is in the exclusive club of the tallest five trees in the arboretum. Its 114 cm (45 in.) diamater is also impressive and overall it is the largest shingle oak on campus. This tree was probably planted soon after Vanderbilt was founded in 1873.

Shingle oak is one of the two oaks in this area which has leaves with no lobes.  The other is willow oak, which has much smaller, narrower leaves than shingle oak.  You can know that this species is an oak by its clustered buds at the end of its twig and by its acorn.

Although shingle oak is native to this area, it isn't as common in this area as other oaks.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-437.

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Quercus imbricaria


sec. 1993

common name: shingle oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-05-21 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.1454°, -86.80029°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - winter
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
leaf - unspecified
leaf - unspecified
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
inflorescence - whole - unspecified
inflorescence - whole - female
inflorescence - whole - male
fruit - lateral or general close-up 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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