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The Granit oak (in Bulgarian: Гранитски дъб) is an English (Pedunculate) oak tree that grows within the boundaries of Granit village, Bulgaria.[1] This may be the oldest living oak tree in the world.[citation needed]

The oak measures 2.38 m in diameter and 7.46 m in girth at waist level and reaches 23.4 m in height, but only eastern side branches remain alive. In March 1982 samples were taken with a pressler drill, from which it was estimated that the tree was 1637 years old. With an estimated germination date of 345 AD, it is the oldest tree in Bulgaria and one of the oldest in Europe.

In 1967 the Granit oak was declared a protected tree and included in the list of the natural monuments of Bulgaria.[2][dead link]

In 2010 the oak was featured prominently in a documentary "Live Eternity" (in Bulgarian: Жива Вечност).[3]

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  1. ^ ""The living eternity" tells about the century-old oak in the village of Granit" (in Bulgarian). Stara Zagora Local Government. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. ^ Register of Centuries Old Trees, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters
  3. ^ Vanyo Stoilov, The Oldest Tree in Europe is Slowly Dying, 24 Chassa Daily, 20 November 2011. (In Bulgarian)

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Coordinates: 42°15′15″N 25°08′10″E / 42.254067°N 25.136080°E / 42.254067; 25.136080