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An individual instance of Quercus shumardii (Shumard's oak)
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The entry sidewalk of Cole Hall is flanked on both sides by a pair of large Shumard oaks. This one is the one on the right.

Shumard oak is another member of the red oak group.  Its leaves are quite similar to those of other members of the group.  One identifying feature is the lack of hair on the bud scales when examined under a hand lens.  The twigs and acorns also tend to be covered with a grayish waxy layer.

Shumard oak is fairly common in middle Tennessee.  It tends to be found in moist lowlands.  A similar species, Quercus coccinea (scarlet oak), is more likely to be found in dry uplands.  There are several Shumard oaks in this part of campus.  This one actually has a name: "Big Al".  It is described on p. 62 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 3-196.

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

This organismal entity has the scope: multicellular organism.

It has the name "Big Al".

Remarks: Tree nicknamed Big Al.


Quercus shumardii


sec. 1993

common name: Shumard's oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-06-14 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14659°, -86.8042°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
whole tree (or vine) - view up trunk
bark - of a large tree
twig - orientation of petioles
twig - orientation of petioles
twig - close-up winter terminal bud
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
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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