Rieteklis Juniper (Rietekļa kadiķis)
The largest juniper in Latvia is Rieteklis Juniper (Rietekļa kadiķis, also Baložu kadiķis) with a circumference of 3.12 m. Junipers always are beautiful but this one is… next-level beautiful!
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The largest juniper in Latvia is also one of the most unusual and beautiful trees in Latvia – Rieteklis Juniper.
This tree in August 2015 had a circumference of 3.12 m, measured at the height of 1.3 m along the axis of this slanted tree.
This beautiful tree is known for a long time and images before World War II show that Rieteklis Juniper was standing vertically or near vertically. Now it is slanted and, it seems, continues to fall towards north-east.
The juniper is named after love poet Rieteklis (1856-1940) who lived in the nearby Baloži farmstead and loved the beautiful juniper in his property.
It is possible that this is the largest juniper in Europe north of Alps.
- Diži koki. Rietekļa jeb Baložu kadiķis, Dziedava.lv. Accessed on December 24, 2022.
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