Oaks with Special Shapes from Romania
Trees with notable features represent a patrimony which needs to be and preserved for future generations. The monumental oak trees are for the most part with very large dimensions but some specimens of oak are considered monumental due to their interesting and special shape. The oak with special shapes have a lot of ecological contributions and it is considered a biodiversity hotspot and they also have important cultural and touristic value. In the present paper was analyzed eight oak trees considered monumentals for their special shapes from Romania. These eight oaks are located in Bistrița Năsăud county (Comlod village), Brașov county (Vad village), Călărași county (Oltenița city), Galați county (Mândrești village), Iași county (Tătăruși village), Mureș County (Gornești village – 2 specimens) and Tulcea county (Caraorman village). The tallest specimen is situated in Iași county (32,4 m) and the thickest oak being in Bistrița-Năsăud County (6 m). The most impressive shape is found at oak from Comlod. This inventory provides significant information about the distribution and health condition of notable trees with special shapes across the Romanian territory. It is a attempt to summarize information about all the oak trees with special shapes recorded in our country and to provide a national overview.