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Jaunpils Oak (Zaube Oak)

Jaunpils Oak, May 2023
Jaunpils Oak, May 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Near the historical millpond in Zaube village stands an enormous tree – Jaunpils Oak. It has a circumference of 8.19 m and has been depicted on the drawings from the 18th century.

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GPS coordinates
56.9944 N 25.2574 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Cēsis municipality, Zaube parish, centre of Zaube village, at Zaube millpond (Lejas ezers), in the park
Name in Latvian
Jaunpils ozols, also Zaubes ozols
English oak (Quercus robur L.)
8.19 m (at the height of 1.3 m, January 2021)

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Jaunpils Oak, May 2023
Jaunpils Oak, May 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Jaunpils Oak is in the center of a village next to the ruins of a medieval castle, at the lake. Thus this gorgeous tree has been well-known landmark and the oldest known depiction of it is from 1796.

Jaunpils Little Noble Oak, May 2023
Jaunpils Little Noble Oak, May 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Today the tree is in a rather bad shape, many branches have been lost. Nevertheless, it still is a mighty, beautiful oak that looks like a tree of legends from a fairy tale book.

Close to it stands another large tree – Jaunpils Little Noble Oak with a circumference of 5.68 m (2012).

  1. Diži koki. Jaunpils ozols, Accessed on May 28, 2022.
  2. Diži koki. Jaunpils Mazais dižozols, Accessed on May 28, 2022.

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