Whistler cork oak tree
Species: Cork Oak (Quercus suber)
Age: 234 years
Region: Águas de Moura, Alentejo, Portugal
The Whistler
The Whistler owes the name to the sound from countless birds that lay on its branches. Planted in 1783 in Águas de Moura, this cork oak has already been stripped more than twenty times. In addition to the contribution to the cork industry, it has huge relevance for ecosystem services and fighting climate change. With 234 years, the Whistler has been classified as "Tree of Public Interest" since 1988 and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records: "the largest cork oak in the world".
Photo: UNAC
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Nominated by: UNAC - Union of the Mediterranian Forest
National contest organizer: UNAC - Union of the Mediterranian Forest

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2018

 
Whistler cork oak tree
 
Portugal
 
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Ancient elms of Cabeza Buey
 
Spain
 
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The oak called "the Elder of the Belgorod Forests"
 
Russian Federation
 
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Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
 
Hungary
 
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The Gilwell Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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Apple tree from Bošáca
 
Slovakia
 
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6th place 
The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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Sequoias from Yuchbunar
 
Bulgaria
 
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8th place 
Walnut Tree in Kvasice
 
Czech Republic
 
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9th place 
Witches Spruce
 
Lithuania
 
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10th place 
Poplar Helena
 
Poland
 
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11th place 
The Lime of the Old Country
 
Belgium
 
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12th place 
Oak from Cajvana
 
Romania
 
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13th place