A sad sight
The famous Napoleons oak in the small city of Calau has been nearly completely deprived of its crown. Merely by chance we discovered what had happened last week, when, at the end of a bicycle tour on Saturday 23rd through the southern parts of Brandenburg, we came to see this tree again. Like many times before, because the train station is a good start and ending point for our trips. That is, why we visited this majestic oak more than most of the other of thousands of remarkable trees of Brandenburg in the past 20 years.
No storm or declining vitality did the job but tree expert reports and chainsaws. We cannot judge ourselves whether this radical treatment was really necessary or their may have still been an alternative. But sulphur shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus) and Phellinus robustus corroded the trunk in the years after 1990, when the oak was damaged severely by lightning. A couple of photos of this monumental oak, to remember its beauty.
A broad crown in July 2008.
August 2012 the crown had been cut.
Till June 2017 more cutting.
November 2019, eight month after the radical cutting in March 2019.
What they did in March 2019.
März 2005 und März 2019.
Great habit, May 2010.
After several cuttings in January 2017.
August 2012 and March 2019.
Complete in every respect, May 2010.
Still a sight for sore eyes, June 2017.
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