Witches Spruce
Species: Norway spruce (Picea abies L.)
Age: 170 years (estimated)
Region: Vilkyškiai forest near to Vilkyškiai town, Pagėgiai municipality, Lithuania
Mysterious Witches’ Broom
The Witches Spruce is 34 m in height, its 18 trunks (one of which was broken in a storm in 2007) branch at 80 cm, giving the appearance of tangled witch’s hair. One legend says the witch's broom turned into the tree because she met a local man she liked, and forgot to fetch her broom until midnight. Another story tells that Napoleon cut off the top of a small spruce while he was riding a horse, and it grew back into its strange shape as a result. Many legends have been captured in children's drawings.
Photo: Lukas Balandis
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Nominated by: Rambynas regional park
National contest organizer: Lithuanian Arboricultural Center

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2018

 
The Lime of the Old Country
 
Belgium
 
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Sequoias from Yuchbunar
 
Bulgaria
 
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The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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Walnut Tree in Kvasice
 
Czech Republic
 
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Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
 
Hungary
 
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Witches Spruce
 
Lithuania
 
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Poplar Helena
 
Poland
 
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Whistler cork oak tree
 
Portugal
 
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Oak from Cajvana
 
Romania
 
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The oak called "the Elder of the Belgorod Forests"
 
Russian Federation
 
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Apple tree from Bošáca
 
Slovakia
 
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Ancient elms of Cabeza Buey
 
Spain
 
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The Gilwell Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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