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An individual instance of Quercus rubra (northern red oak)
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This tree grows in front of Rand/Sarratt at the intersection of two sidewalks on the corner nearest Old Central.

Northern red oak is a representative of a large group of similar oaks present in this area.  Members of the red oak group (Quercus rubra, Quercus falcata,Quercus palustris, Quercus velutina, Quercus shumardii, and Quercus coccinea) have leaves with pointed lobes that are bristle-tipped.  The members of the group can only be distinguished by careful examination of their leaves, buds, and acorns.

Northern red oak leaves have lobes that are fairly wide and the leaf sinuses do not extend deeper than half way to the mid-vein.  Buds are not particularly hairy and the acorns have caps that do not extend very far down the nut.  Perhaps the most noticeable thing about large red oaks is that their bark typically has a "striped" look caused by the flat tops of some of its ridges.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-351.

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Quercus rubra


sec. 1993

common name: northern red oak
family: Fagaceae
Identified 2002-09-17 by Steven J. Baskauf


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.1465°, -86.80245°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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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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