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Nature Trail Hvozdnice

Old Elmtrees

Elmtrees of the Hvozdnice Nature Reserve

Since the medieval ages, the hard meads with oaks and elmtrees were slowly replaced by the soft meads with willows and poplars. The last remains of the hard mead took place in the airy alluvial plains, out of reach of regular flooding. Close to a drain, coming from a nearby pond, we can find the greatest number of very old and big elmtrees Ulmus leavis. The trunks of the trees have a perimeter as big as 350cm and they are as tall as 25 m. The most beautiful elmtree stands at the Hvozdnice river bank and has it´s characteristic muscular trunk with a perimeter of 250cm.

Dutch Elm Disease

The elmtress disappeared from many places of the Czech Republic. It was caused by a microscopic fungus introduced in Europe at the beginning of the last century. The parasitic fungus Ceratocystia ulmi affects the blood vessels of the trees that are bringing water from the roots up to the leaves. The tree thus eventually dries out. It seems so far that the isolated forest position in the Hvozdnice valley, surrounded by fields, is lowering the possibility of the infection.

Ulmus

Ulmus

Ulmus 2

Ulmus 2

Useful information

Contact

Regional Authority of the Moravian – Silesian Region Department of the Environment and Agriculture 28. října 117, 702 18 Ostrava www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz Telephone.: +420 595 622 297

GPS position

N 49° 54.703', E 17° 50.608'
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Contact

Krajský úřad Moravskoslezského kraje
Odbor životního prostředí a zemědělství
28. října 117, Ostrava
Tel.:+420 595 622 297
http://www.kr-moravskoslezsky.cz