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Kanepu Oak (Kaņepu ozols)
The second largest Latvian oak tree by circumference, most likely, is Kanepu Oak. The circumference of its trunk is 9.82 m.
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Kanepu 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.
Kanepu 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 Kanepu 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.
- Diži koki. Kaņepu ozols, Dziedava.lv. Accessed on December 20, 2022.
Kanepu Oak is included in the following list:
Wonders of Latvia
Highlights of Latvia are the rich architectural heritage in Riga City, numerous palaces, country houses, and castles.
The category includes some of the most impressive and interesting separate trees in the world. The total number of tree species in the world still is a wild guess – maybe 10,000 and maybe 100,000 but most likely somewhere in between. Every month there are reported new tree species from the whole world, including Western Europe.
Wonders of Europe
The heritage of Europe is diverse and endlessly interesting. Incomparably rich is the wealth of European historical architecture, but this part of the world has exciting natural heritage and archaeological heritage as well.
Oak: The Frame of Civilization
Professional arborist and award-winning nature writer William Bryant Logan deftly relates the delightful history of the reciprocal relationship between humans and oak trees since time immemorial―a profound link that has almost been forgotten. From the ink of Bach’s cantatas to the first boat to reach the New World to the wagon, the barrel, and the sword, oak trees have been a constant presence throughout our history.