Text by Lauri Laanisto
About a month ago several forestry researchers, Ahto Kangur and Harli Jürgenson from our university (though not from our lab) went to measure some very tall conifers that were discovered from Souther Estonia, in Ootsipalu valley.
The main target was one Norway spruce, but they saw there alsno couple of tall Scots pines. After measuring with using different instruments and several calibrations, they discovered:
1. The tallest Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in the world – 46.60 m! (link to more detailed info and picture)
2. The tallest Norway spruce (Picea abies) in Estonia – 48.60 m, which is abouth 20th tallest Norway spruce in the world! (link to more detailed info and picture)
By the way, so far the tallest spruce (44.1 m) and pine (42.4 m) in Estonia were both recorded in Estonian´s long-standingforestry research area Järvselja, where also our SMEAR tower is. And this tower is of course much higher than all of these trees…
But this new knowledge gives us even more motivation to study tree (eco)physiology in Estonia – this is where the economically most important tree species in our region are growing close to optimum conditions.