The Crooked Forest

The Crooked Forest is a group of around 400 oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland. No one truly knows what caused the trees to adopt this conformation. These pine trees grow with a 90-degree bend at their base and most of them are bent northward.

The trees were planted in the 1930s. It is believed that fluctuations in gravitational forces or a unique gravitational pull in the area could have caused these trees to grow in this unusual shape. Another theory is that heavy snow could have flattened the trees for an extended period of time whilst they were still saplings.


Quick Facts: –

  • The small town where the trees were planted was completely destroyed in the World War II and re-established after the 1970s.
  • This forest is surrounded by other pine trees that are completely straight and not bent at all.
  • It is believed that these crooked trees must have grown normally for about 7-10 years and then some human intervention has caused them to bend.
  • All the 400 oddly-shaped trees are arranged in approximately 22 different rows.
  • There is also a theory that these trees were grown in a peculiar way to create boat hull framing or furniture.
  • Some experts believe that the trees grew like this because they incurred some sort of damage to the tip.
  • The Crooked Forest is around 80 years old and covers an area of about 1.7 hectares.
  • These trees have an average height of 15 meters. For unknown reasons, they do not reach the standard height.
  • It is also estimated that a snowstorm could have knocked all the trees in this unusual shape.