A large tree with a long life, much esteemed in Israel (Isa. 6: 13), offering a shaded site suitable as a burial ground (1 Chron. 10: 12; ‘oak tree’, NRSV, REB; ‘tamarisk’, NJB). Its graceful branches are praised by Ben Sirach (Ecclus. [= Sir.] 24: 16).