The Opatovice Pine
Species: black pine (Pinus nigra ssp. austriaca)
Age: 257 years
Region: Velké Opatovice, South Moravian region, Czech republic
Thanks to its unique way of branching, this pine is the landmark of the castle park in Velké Opatovice. Reminiscent of a seven-headed dragon, it has attracted many generations of children to climb its branches. According to folk tales, the tree is a cursed dragon that fought St. George, patron of the local church. The pine used to be called “Juliette” because Countess Julie Herberstein, the last owner of the Opatovice estates often sat on a white bench underneath it. The pine has been selected as a mother tree for seed collection and reproduction.
Photo: Lenka Grossmannová
European Tree of the Year 2015
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5th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2015

Oak tree on a football field
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The great plane of Tata
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Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
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Oak Slav
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The Opatovice Pine
Czech republic
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Major Oak
England, UK
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The Plane in Archar village
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Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
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Lady's Tree
Scotland, UK
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The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
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The Nail tree
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The chestnut tree
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Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
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Cedar of Lebanon
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