Quercia delle Streghe Downy Oak

February 03, 2022


Photographer: Fabio Di Stefano

Summary Author: Fabio Di Stefano

This picture showcases the Quercia delle Streghe tree located in the town of Capannori, Italy. The tree is a spectacular example of a downy white oak (Quercus pubescens) - the most common species of oak in Italy- and it is estimated to be 600 years old. A unique trait that separates this tree from other downy oaks is its limbs grow horizontally to ground. In this panoramic image, obtained from the composition of four shots, I tried to give an idea of ​​the size of the oak trunk as well as how far its branches extend horizontally. Overall, the tree is over 50 feet (15 meters) tall and has a trunk circumference of approximately 13 feet (4 meters). At its crown, the tree is estimated to be over 130 feet (40 meters) in diameter.  These dimensions make the Quercia delle Streghe one of the largest trees in Tuscany.

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