Industry News: Tree Health

Sweden's oldest oak tree still stands tall despite health problems

Tuesday, August 14, 2018  
Posted by: Dana Walker
Sweden's oldest oak tree is fighting for survival, with concerns raised over its deteriorating health.

The exact age of the Kvill Oak – also known as the Rumskulla Oak , growing near Vimmerby in southern Sweden – is not known, but in the 1930s it was established that it was around 950, which makes it older than a millennium today.

After several tough years, it is still clinging on for dear life.

"I didn't think it would make it until this summer, but it has still got a branch with green leaves," Torsten Ungsäter, the former official tasked with looking after it, told Vimmerby Tidning.

But the county administrative board is not ready to give up on the elderly plant just yet, despite its health having deteriorated almost every year since 2012 – until it showed a spark of life this year.

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