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Sēja Oak (Sējas ozols)

Sēja Oak, 2007
Sēja Oak, 2007. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

WorldBlue  In short

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.

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GPS coordinates
57.1988 N 24.5888 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Saulkrasti municipality, Sēja parish, historical Sēja manor park
Name in Latvian
Sējas ozols
Species
English oak (Quercus robur L.)
Circumference
9.15 m (at the height of 1.3 m, July 2017)
Height
24 m

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WorldYellow In detail

Sēja Oak in 2007
Sēja Oak in 2007. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

References
  1. Sējas ozols, Dziedava.lv. Accessed on December 21, 2022.
  2. Sējas dižozols, website of Saulkrasti municipality. Accessed on December 21, 2022.

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