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Rīgzemji Oak (Rīgzemju ozols)

Rīgzemji Oak in April 2019
Rīgzemji Oak in April 2019. / Dāvis Kļaviņš, Flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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In 2022 the third largest Latvian oak tree by circumference is Rīgzemji Oak. The mighty trunk of this tree has a circumference of 9.64 m.

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GPS coordinates
57.6227 N 22.3868 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Kurzeme, Talsi municipality, Dundaga parish, near Rīgzemji farmstead
Name in Latvian
Rīgzemju ozols
English oak (Quercus robur L.)
9.64 m (at the height of 1.3 m, 2020)
˜ 16.5 m

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Rīgzemji Oak in 2008.
Rīgzemji Oak in 2008. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Rīgzemji Oak is a very impressive oak near the rim of the Slītere virgin forest.

The tree has a hollow that is visible through a narrow slit and also a lightning scar. Also, the top of the tree is lost.

Protected natural monument since 1977.

Nearby are two more large oak trees.

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

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