Famous Oak Trees in the World
Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree…Do you still remember this song?
Oak is a hardwood, acorn-bearing tree or shrub of the beech family, valued for the hardness, strength and durability of its timber. Oak is the most popular wood for constructing barrels. Oak imparts flavors and tannin to wines during the barrel aging process. It is also the national tree of many countries like the US and Germany.
Here are some of the most popular/historic oaks.
Ivenack Oak – Germany
A huge oak thought to be 800 year-old and the largest oak in Germany and probably of Europe has a height of 35.5 meters and with a crown spread of 29 meters. It has a circumference of 11.25 meters. It is named the Ivenack Oak, an ancient pedunculate oak in Pomerania, Germany.
The Bowthorpe Oak
Britain’s oldest oak tree is the Bowthorpe Oak in Bourne, Great Britain with an estimated age of over 1,000 years old. The tree is located on Bowthorpe Park Farm and visitors are welcome throughout the year. The Bowthorpe Oak is also featured in the Guinness Book of Records and was filmed for a short TV documentary about its size and astounding longevity.
Chapel Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse – France
This beautiful oak tree is called the Chapel Oak. It is the most popular tree in France. This tree is more than 900 years old. Since 1696, the hollow base of the tree has been used as a little shrine to the Holy Mary.
Bartek Oak – Poland
One of the most famous trees of Poland is the Bartek Oak. It is 625 year-old and has a height of 30-meter tall and measures 13.5 meters in girth at its base. Its crown spreads about 40 meters. Under the Bartek oak tree, King Casimir III is known to have been pictured as holding his court. It is also told that Jan III Sobieski rested under this tree on his way back from the Battle of Vienna, and hid a Turkish saber, an arquebus and a bottle of wine inside it. The old oak is in decline.
Rumskalla Oak – Sweden
A huge oak with an estimated age of 850 to 1,000 year named Rumskalla is one of the few remaining oldest of Sweden. The huge Rumskalla Oak in Sweden is located near the village of Vimmerby, hometown of Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Langstroem. The gnarled oak has a large hollow trunk of 14.4 meters in circumference regarded as the biggest in Europe.