Stelmužė oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: more than 1 000 years
Region: Stelmužė village, Zarasai district, Utena county, Lithuania
The Stelmužė oak - a symbol of statehood and strength
You will find  1,000 — 1,500 years old Stelmužė oak, one of the oldest trees in Europe and a symbol of
strength, in the Northeast of Lithuania near the XVII century wooden church built by Latvian masters without the use of a single iron nail. Indeed, Lithuanians say that a man is as strong as Stelmužė oak. Tourists experience Stelmužė oak’s beauty and rich history of sacrifices by pagan priests under its branches or skeleton and rifle of a Napoleonic soldier found in its cavity. In Lithuania, acorns of Stelmužė oak are used to propagate many oaks, preserving this veteran tree‘s genes for many years to come.
Photo: Algimantas Navickas, Arnoldas Abramavičius, Gintautas Antanavičius, Arvydas Veikšra, Jurgita Mikutavičienė, delfi.lt
European Tree of the Year 2017
 
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Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

 
Oak Józef
 
Poland
 
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The Brimmon Oak
 
Wales, UK
 
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The lime tree at Lipka
 
Czech republic
 
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The Céron park saman
 
France
 
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The Sycamore Gap Tree
 
England, UK
 
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The Holm Oak
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
 
Bulgaria
 
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The "Ding Dong" Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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Plane tree from Budatin
 
Slovakia
 
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Aprisquillo Pine
 
Spain
 
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Russalka oak
 
Estonia
 
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The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
 
Belgium
 
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Stelmužė oak
 
Lithuania
 
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The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
 
Hungary
 
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Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
 
Ireland
 
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Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
 
Germany
 
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