The Süntelbuche, once called the witch tree because of its twisted, criss-cross, in the kink, also downward growing branches, is in the 19th century. largely cleared. Probably because of the inferior wood, rather than out of superstition. As the name suggests, it comes from the Süntel. The Süntel is a small mountain range north of Hameln in Lower Saxony. Until the middle of the 19th century there was the largest beech forest in Europe. In the course of the coupling in 1843, the entire area, the 245 meter high Westeregge between Hülsede and Raden, was cleared. At that time, the number of Süntelbuchen in Germany fell from a few thousand to less than a hundred. Individual old specimens or small groups of trees can only be found in around 50 locations. They have been supplemented by numerous new plantings in the last few decades. The largest Süntel beeches in Germany are in the Berggarten Hannover and in Lauenau am Deister. In Bad Nenndorf in the spa park there is an avenue of beech trees made up of almost 100 trunks, two thirds of which are root brood.
April 23, 2021
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