At 18.7' x 84', this Shumard oak in Nashville, TN makes quite an impression. It's overall form strongly reminds me of a tree in the Outer Bluegrass of KY and one wonders what it's height and spread would have been before suffering some loss.
Along with chinkapin oak, bur oak, and blue ash, old specimens of open-grown Shumard oaks dot the landscape in the Nashville Basin. Very large open-grown white oaks can also be seen in manicured lawns and estates. The remnant woodland pastures around Nashville aren't as extensive as they are in the Kentucky Bluegrass, but little bits and pieces tell a story of the pre-settlement landscape. Out of this handful of species, old chinkapin oaks appear to be the most plentiful and I'll post them separately in the Chinkapin Oak Database.
Shumard oak with chinkapin oak in background:
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