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The Opatovice Pine, Velké Opatovice, South Moravian region, Czech republic

Photo: Lenka Grossmannová

The tree's story

Thanks to its unique way of branching, this pine is the landmark of the castle park in Velké Opatovice. Reminiscent of a seven-headed dragon, it has attracted many generations of children to climb its branches. According to folk tales, the tree is a cursed dragon that fought St. George, patron of the local church. The pine used to be called “Juliette” because Countess Julie Herberstein, the last owner of the Opatovice estates often sat on a white bench underneath it. The pine has been selected as a mother tree for seed collection and reproduction.


black pine (Pinus nigra ssp. austriaca)

257 years

Velké Opatovice, South Moravian region, Czech republic

49°36'36.6"N 16°40'11.1"E

Nominated by:
Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation

Number of votes: 12327

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The Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation helps people take care of the environment. In 2002, it started the tradition of the Tree of the Year contest, a model that was later adopted by other European countries. The Foundation also seeks to involve people in tree planting programmes, in creating quality public spaces, in traffic calming initiatives, and in attracting sustainable tourism and cycling. It is located in the Open Garden Centre it has built in Brno, Czech Republic.

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