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Kaņepi Oak (Kaņepu ozols)

Kaņepi Oak tree - one of the largest trees in Latvia.
Kaņepi Oak tree – one of the largest trees in Latvia.. 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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The second largest Latvian oak tree by circumference, most likely, is Kaņepi Oak. The circumference of its trunk is 9.82 m.

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GPS coordinates
57.7016 N 25.6614 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Valmiera municipality, Jērcēni parish, north of Jērcēni village, at Kaņepi farmstead
Name in Latvian
Kaņepu ozols (also ‘Kaņepju ozols’ – wrong form)
Species
English oak (Quercus robur L.)
Circumference
9.82 m (at the height of 1.3 m, July 2019)
Height
˜ 16 – 17 m

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The mighty trunk of Kaņepi Oak tree - the circumference is 9.82 m.
The mighty trunk of Kaņepi Oak tree – the circumference is 9.82 m. 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Kaņepi Oak is a well-known noble tree next to a farmstead, near Jērcēni village. This tree was selected as the most magnificent oak tree of Latvia in the competition of the then-popular magazine “Atpūta” in 1933. Protected natural monument since 1977.

Kaņepi Oak is the second largest oak tree in Latvia by circumference after Kaive Oak.

The tree, most likely, was hit by lightning long ago and a large hollow, where, reportedly 8 people can enter, has developed. This hollow has openings on three sides. The northern part of the trunk is dead now, while the southern part continues to grow.

The approximate height of the tree is 16-17 m.

Next to Kaņepi Oak in the ground was found a set of smaller stones and ashes. There is a possibility that the tree served as a paganic shrine in the past. Nevertheless, there are no known stories about this possible shrine.

References
  1. Diži koki. Kaņepu ozols, Dziedava.lv. Accessed on December 20, 2022.

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