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Famous Oak Trees in the World

Published by nobert soloria bermosa in History
June 15th, 2008

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.

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  1. Unofre Pili
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Informative. Clear-cut pictures.

  2. Alexa Gates
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 10:33 am

    great pictures! aren’t oak trees beautiful!~

  3. Ruby Hawk
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    All amazing.Thanks for educating us about trees.

  4. tracy sardelli
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Another very informative article, thank you for sharing

  5. salvatore
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Very educational, nice one Buddy

  6. PR Mace
    Posted June 15, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    My backyard is full of oaks. My favorite tree. The pictures are a wonderful addition to your article.

  7. Lucy Lockett
    Posted June 16, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    They are amazing! I like trees.

  8. queen voice
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 11:23 am

    …Hi nobert, you are always giving us
    great information on good subject
    matter. Thank you. Take care.

  9. JJ Millette
    Posted July 5, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I have stood under the Emancipation Oak at HU; I am from Hampton, Va. I also am familiar with the Washington Oak as it sits on land formerly owned by my 5th Grat-grandfather, William Millett.

  10. nobert soloria bermosa
    Posted July 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the support guys.

    Hi JJ,
    thanks for reading and posting, that’s interesting to know,i’m pretty sure that your great grandparents have told lots of stories about the famous oak and were handed down to the present generation.

  11. MICK LAWSON
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I STUMBLED ACCCROSS THIS WEB SITE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON MY OAK TREE. THE BARK IS VERY ROUGH, THE LOWEST BRANCH IS ABOUT 20 FEET OFF THE GROUND. THE CIRCUMFRANCE OF THE TREE IS 193″ (MEASURED 60″ OFF THE GROUND)I WOULD ESTIMATE THE HEIGHT AT 95 FEET, AND A CROWN OF ABOUT 80 FEET. ANYBODY OUT THER HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT SPECIES OF OAK THIS WOULD BE? I WOULD GUESS THE TREE ALSO ABOUT 180 YEARS OLD.

  12. ricardas
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    the largest oak in diameter 3.5m and height 25m,1500 year old growing in Lithuania

  13. anonymous
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 10:20 am

    this is so boring

  14. Andie
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I love the site, but i need to research and find the biggest recorded oak in the world. Any help on that subject?

  15. P. Barry
    Posted May 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    if you thought these were amazing, check out Pechanga’s Great Oak Tree. it is thought to be one of the oldest in the world, at approx. 2000 years! Aside from that, it has a bunch of other cool tribal history that surrounds it. a truly amazing sight! when it was last measured, it was said to be over 96′ high with the branches then returning to touch the ground and then going skyward again forming another canopy! as a result it looks like a whole grove of oak trees, instead of just one huge one! the trunk of this tree is over 20′ around! all i can say, is that this tree is quite impressive… worth a visit to Temecula, CA just to see it!

  16. Ernie
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

    would it be a good idea to split this monsterous page up into several pages???

  17. Posted January 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Is this true or is it supposed to be funny? Marilyn G. Evans

    I grew up in Corpus Christi and we all knew about the oak at Goose Island and story of pirates, etc. at Aransas Pass, etc. I do hope that some of it is fact.

    p.s. I hate the pop-up that jumped out at me; i am the 1000 visitor qand i won a compute/ whoooooweeeee; disgusting! 1/k10/2010

  18. David Graber
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    The Washington Oak, said to be in New Jersey, appears to be the oak tree at Hampton Plantation, South Carolina. Note the Spanish moss on the tree, which is not native to NJ. Washington visited this plantation and asked the residents to spare the tree ( they were thinking of cutting it down).

  19. Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I appreciate the information on the trees, I have work in charlest sc. And never seen the tree over their in john island. Thank to you I have seen it for the first time. Keep up the good work, To educate the world. now i can tell my Aunt Pat i have seen it. Thank you again. Glenn Terry….

  20. Jim Firth
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I agree with David Graber. The photograph of the Washington Oak is in fact located on the Hampton Plantation in South Carolina. A photograph of the Washington Oak in New Jersey can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Oak

  21. John Harvey
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    The Salem Oak In Salem NJ is another great oak and one of the oldest in the country, 22ftcir

  22. Daniel Allen
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    What about the oak at toomers corner in Auburn, Alabama.?

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