The Oak from Drežnica Field

Species: English oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 250 years
Region: Drežnica field, Ogulin, Karlovac County

The magical forest

This tree doesn’t have a name. It is one of the many ancient oak trees in the karst Drežnica field in Croatia. The 440 m altitude makes this forest special: in spring or fall, as if by magic the field becomes a lake and only the tips of the highest oaks, such as this one, remain visible. Thanks to its endemic species, the Drežnica field is part of Natura 2000 but the planned retention (under litigation) means longer cycles of flooding and danger for this tree, the forest and the whole ecosystem.

Tree of the year 2023
4814 votes
16th place