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Norway spruce 'Sgermova smreka (Sgerm Spruce)' in the woods of Sgermova Kmetija in Ribnica na Pohorju

There is one Norway spruce (Picea abies) in the woods of Sgermova Kmetija in Ribnica na Pohorju.

This tree is called "Sgermova smreka (Sgerm Spruce)". This is as far as we know the tallest accurately measured Norway spruce as well as native tree in Slovenia as well as in the whole of Europe.

It was measured with professional equipment before, but at June 20th 2012 it was measured with the utmost accuracy by Michael Spraggon, assisited by KoutaR and Jeroen Philippona. Michael climbed the tree till within two metres of the top. There he used an extendible pole to measure the exact height from his position. From there he let down a 60 m long measuring tape.

The height was determined to the base of the tree at the mid-slope point (the centre of the tree where it once germinated). Also the height to the highest and lowest point around the base of the trunk was determined.

Height to midslope point: 62.26 m

Height to high point around the base: 61.69 m

Height to low point around the base: 62.83 m

In Europe there are a few taller trees, but these are all exotic, non native trees.

The climb was made possible by the owners, the Sgerm-Kristan family. We were received in a very nice way; the climb and measurement were attended by the family, several villagers, local foresters and Slovenian television. The same evening the climb was broadcast on the news.


After the climbing happening, we were invited to lunch at the Sgerm farm. We would like to thank the Sgerm-Kristan family for their great hospitality!

The girth was measured more than once:

YearGirth@1.3 mGirth@1.5 mMeasurement
20123.90 m3.76 mJeroen Philippona
Its height is exactly 62.26 m (Jun 20, 2012, climbing with direct tape drop, Michael Spraggon). This tree was planted around the year 1750 ± 30, which makes it around 265 ± 30 years old (Jeroen Philippona, Jul 7, 2012).

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Sgermova smreka (Sgerm Spruce) (Norway spruce "8569")

Sgermova Kmetija, picture by Jeroen Philippona

Sgermova Kmetija, picture by Jeroen Philippona

Sgermova Kmetija, picture by Jeroen Philippona

Sgermova Kmetija, picture by KoutaR, 2012-07-07

Sgermova Kmetija, picture by KoutaR, 2012-07-08

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