Along the left bank of the River Drava, 2 kilometres from the centre of the town, in the settlement Oregje, there is a Hince's sequoia. This sort of tree was brought to Europe in the 19th century and it was planted in parks. The sequoia in Oregje is the biggest tree of this type in Slovenia. The circumference of the tree is 7.7 metres and it is 45 metres tall.

Sequoia belongs to mammoth trees and it is known that mammoth trees or giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) as they are called, are the biggest known living plants in the world. The mammoth tress are among most rare and most endangered tree species in the world. Guaranteed quality symbol of this old species is also its bark which is up to 60 cm thick, deeply cracked and resistant to fire. Easily rec­ognizable and characteristic are its needles; they are point­ed, sharp and pretty short, on the side and  lower branches they are 3 to 6 mm long and on the main branches they can grow up to 12 mm. Cones are special for their ripeness which lasts for two years. They rich the full size already in the first year but they stay upright and green and ripen only in the autumn in the follow­ing year. When they are ripe they hang down, their shape is oval, they are from 5 to 8 cm long and 4 cm thick, of reddish brown colour and they can stay closed for up to 20 years. The most persistent ones open only when being close to fire; this causes the seeds to fall out and their germination is only 15%.

LAS3- Hinces Sequoia

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