It goes by many names. Frederick VII's oak, the old oak or the broad oak. The oak tree can be found near the main Horsens road, a few kilometres south of Odder in Vejl woods. It stands in a small copse, twisted and scarred by time, having existed for 600 to 1000 years. The woods in which it stands belong to the Rathlousdal estate.
February 2014: Protected oak was destroyed in the storm. One of the many trees that did not make the autumn storms, the conservation Frederik VII oak, also known as the Royal Oak, near the Horsensvej south of Odder. One of the two ancient and very thick trunks snapped.
The tree is protected and is marked by a "conservation stone" which Emil v. Holstein-Rathlou, a descendant of the original estate owners, placed at the foot of the tree. In a similar manner, he set a "conservation stone" beside other trees and objects of historical interest, throughout that part of the woods owned by the estate, which he wished to be preserved. The amazing size and nobility of the tree alone makes one stop and gaze in admiration, with memories of forgotten times, where the towns young people swarmed around the tree in the light evenings, or where the oak was painted for the gentry's Sunday picnics.
According to stories handed down through the generations, many hundreds of years ago, during a time of unrest, there came late one night, a group of soldiers to the Rodstenseje manor house. They surprised the occupants, plundering and killing as they went. Only a few escaped, among them the lord of the manor who fled over the fields and took refuge in the hollow oak tree. There he remained hidden until the danger was past, and in so during, survived to tell the tale.