Sēja Oak (Sējas ozols)
The kind of the historical Sēja manor park is a giant tree – Sēja oak. Any other tree next to it looks like a thin dwarf. This is the fifth largest oak in Latvia with a circumference of 9.15 m.
Name in Latvian
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This gorgeous oak tree has an incredibly massive trunk that maintains its girth up to the height of some 5 meters.
Contrary to, for example, Dambji Oak, this tree seems to have stopped its growth. Over the last decades, its circumference almost did not change.
Sēja Oak has two lightning scars, and, sadly, it has suffered also in World War I and World War II – there are pieces of shrapnel and bullets in it.
It is possible that the oak was planted by the landowner Johan Seyge in 1567. The tree is surrounded by English-style park and to the east of it are the ruins of a Neo-Gothic Sēja manor house. Most likely, the place name ‘Sēja’ originates from the family name of Seyge.
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