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Dambju Oak (Dambju ozols)

Dambju Oak
Dambju Oak in 2007. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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This beautiful tree is the fourth largest tree in Latvia by circumference. The trunk of Dambju Oak has the circumference of 9.48 m.

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GPS coordinates
57.709 N 25.3074 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Valmiera municipality, Burtnieki parish, near Dambji farmstead at Burtnieki Lake
Name in Latvian
Dambju ozols (sometimes called also Gravas ozols – this name was given to it initially)
English oak (Quercus robur L.)
9.48 m (at the height of 1.3 m, July 2018)
22.6 m

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Dambju Oak
Dambju Oak in 2007. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dambju Oak stands on the steep bank of a small stream that falls into the nearby Burtnieki Lake. The root system of the tree is incredible – the walk around it feels almost like a small hike and takes some time. If one would measure its girth at the ground level, it would exceed 20 m.

It is possible that the constant fight with gravity at the steep bank causes fast growth of the tree trunk. For example, in 2002 the circumference was 8.6 m – both measurements were made by the same expert (Ansis Opmanis) in 2002 and 2018. It will be interesting to see the further increase of this tree giant.

The tree is located in a picturesque, legendary area.

  1. Dambju ozols, Accessed on December 21, 2022.
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