Trees of Latvia: The crab apple of Ciemgaļi

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Latvian Radio offers the latest installment in the "Greatest Trees of Latvia" series. This time Latvian Radio visited the crab apple in the Turlava parish of the Kuldīga region. With a girth of about 3.51m, it's the thickest crab apple in the country.

Sandra Brantevica, head of the Turlava library, accompanied Latvian Radio to the scene.

"In 1986 when the tree was first measured by Guntis Eniņš, this tree was the greatest [crab apple] in the Baltics," she said.

A bough of the tree has slanted and rooted into the ground, and the tree shed some branches prior to the great 2005 storm, allowing it to weather the wind, said Brantevica. 

In 2014 specialists were hired to tend the apple tree, removing bracket fungi and otherwise caring for the tree. 

"Usually a crab apple survives for a hundred years. Ours has stood for three lifetimes," said Brantevica.

Recently performances have been held by the tree with the goal of popularizing the crab apple of Ciemgaļi and other great trees.

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