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The tallest trees in Poland – where do they grow?

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Silver fir, which is almost 56 meters high and grows in the Pieniny National Park, is the tallest native tree in our country. This was determined by researchers from the Department of Forest Biodiversity at the University of Agriculture in Krakow.

As the Department of Forest Biodiversity of the University of Bialystok said on its social media profile, the inspiration to search for the tallest trees in the Pieniny National Park was previous data obtained from air lidar and analyzes conducted by Master Łukasz Wilk from the Institute of Botany of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow.

As part of research in the Pieniny National Park, team members found and measured the tallest fir in Poland, which is also the tallest among native tree species. The height of the fir is 55.86 meters, and the trunk circumference at breast height is 328 centimeters.

During the same research, over 20 fir trees were found that exceeded 50 m in height.

The research was carried out by a team consisting of: Dr. hab. engineer Jan Bodziarczyk, prof. URK (Faculty of Forestry in Krakow, Department of Forest Biodiversity), M.Sc. Marcin Broźny (Pieniński National Park), Łukasz Wilk, M.A. and Przemysław Wilk.

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As announced, the next volume of the monographic series “Pieniny – Nature and Man” will include the publication “The Pieniny National Park is a refuge of the tallest fir trees in Poland”, which will contain more details, including methodological ones, regarding the research carried out.

The tallest alien tree

According to measurements made in 2021, the tallest tree in Poland is Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), approximately 120 years old, whose height is 59.40 m. It grows in the Bardo Forest District (RDLP in Wrocław). Douglas fir is considered an established alien species in Poland.

Main photo source: Jan Bodziarczyk

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