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The twelve largest girthed Common Oak trees (Quercus robur L.) in Poland


Journal: Rocznik Polskiego Towarzystwa Dendrologicznego
ISSN 2080-4164

Volume: 57;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: monuments of nature | breast-height diameter | nature conservation

Old Common Oaks (Quercus robur L.), often connected with myths and legends, are the largest trees occurring in Central Europe. The present paper describes twelve largest girthed specimens of the species growing in Poland. Authors, based on their own measurements and researches, prepared a ranking list of these unique trees and estimated their health condition. Moreover, their exact localizations in Mielno, Bąkowo, Piotrowice, Kadyny, Januszkowice, Zagnańsk, Rogalin, Nogat, Węglówka, Młock, Rudka and Karczmiska were described and most popular facts and stories from their history were given. The largest girthed Common Oak in Poland is “Napoleon” growing in Mielno (1042,5 cm in circumference), the second one is the oak from Bąkowo (1020 cm) and the third – “Chrobry” from Piotrowice. In total in Poland there are three specimens of Common Oaks with trunk circumference of more than 1000 cm, and five more with circumference between 900 and 1000 cm.
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