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The ancient larches of the Val d'Ultimo

Natural Monument · Meraner Land · 1,412 m ·
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  • The ancient larches of the Val d'Ultimo, possibly the oldest European conifers
    / The ancient larches of the Val d'Ultimo, possibly the oldest European conifers
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The oldest conifers in Europe are among the most famous natural monuments in the whole of Alto Adige.
At Santa Gertrude in the Val d'Ultimo there is a special natural monument: the 3 thousand-year old larches. These are the oldest conifers in Europe. There are different opinions on the ages of these ancient larches but they are more than 1,000 years old.
The trees, which are more than 35 m high, bear the marks of wind storms and adverse weather conditions. There used to be 4 but one tree was struck by lightning in 1930, after which it was possible to count the rings (more than 2000). More information about this natural monument can be found in the information table.

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46.491430, 10.892060
DMS
46°29'29.1"N 10°53'31.4"E
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32T 645202 5150390
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