The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
Species: Grey Poplar (poplus x canescens)
Age: 200 years (before its fall in 2014)
Region: County Offaly, Ireland
The grey poplar tree in Birr Castle Estate is the largest grey poplar in both Ireland and Britain. It is considered to be a natural hybrid of our native aspen and the white poplar of continental Europe and Asia. This is an excellent example of how two smallish trees got together and created a monster that has far outgrown its parents. Offaly people are very proud of their grey poplar tree and they believe it is possibly the largest of its kind in the world. For many it is an astonishing landmark, a meeting place and the symbol of a great arboretum in the heart of Ireland.
Photo: Tom Roche
European Tree of the Year 2014
 
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8th place 
National contest organizer: Just Forests
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

 
The Old Elm
 
Bulgaria
 
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1st place 
The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
 
Hungary
 
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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
 
Poland
 
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
 
Czech Republic
 
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
 
France
 
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
 
Scotland
 
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
 
Ireland
 
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8th place 
The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
 
Wales
 
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
 
Italy
 
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10th place