"The last remaining Waverley Oak, like its siblings which no longer exist, is a member of the species, Quercus Alba, or white oak. Mature white oaks can often grow to between eighty and one hundred feet tall, and can have branches which spread as wide as 116 feet across. Being sweeter than the acorns of the red oak, the white oak's acorns are favored by many wild animals . . . . White oaks can live for several centuries; indeed, some specimens have been known to live for over 600 years. . . ." From the Waverley Trail signage.