Russalka oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: about 100 years
Region: Tallinn, Harju county, Estonia
Oak of Russalka
A short distance from the statue of Russalka - erected to commemorate the sinking of this ship with its 178 Estonian and Russian seamen - stands an oak tree with a unique shape. These two symbols are located at a favourite meeting place in Tallinn. This large oak tree became an obstacle to urban development. But the local community spoke up to ensure that the graceful tree would be spared. Hopefully, the oak tree will keep connecting different people and cultures for centuries to come.
Photo: Pilot:Lauri Lokotar ja Cam:Kaido Kabral, Heiki Hanso
European Tree of the Year 2017
 
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11th place 
National contest organizer: Arboristide Koda
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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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
 
Czech republic
 
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3rd place 
The Céron park saman
 
France
 
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4th place 
The Sycamore Gap Tree
 
England, UK
 
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5th place 
The Holm Oak
 
Northern Ireland, UK
 
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6th place 
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
 
Bulgaria
 
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7th place 
The "Ding Dong" Tree
 
Scotland, UK
 
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8th place 
Plane tree from Budatin
 
Slovakia
 
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9th place 
Aprisquillo Pine
 
Spain
 
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10th place 
Russalka oak
 
Estonia
 
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11th place 
The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
 
Belgium
 
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12th place 
Stelmužė oak
 
Lithuania
 
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13th place 
The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
 
Hungary
 
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14th place 
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
 
Ireland
 
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15th place 
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
 
Germany
 
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16th place