The Nail tree
Species: horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Age: from the Middle Ages
Region: Voeren, Belgium
This horse chestnut was considered to be a magic tree during the Middle Ages. Sick people seeking a cure came to hammer a nail into its bark. They rubbed the nail on the afflicted part of their body and then hammered it into the tree hoping that the healthy wood would absorb their pain.
Photo: Frederik Santermans
European Tree of the Year 2015
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11th 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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2nd place 
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
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3rd place 
Oak Slav
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4th place 
The Opatovice Pine
Czech republic
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5th place 
Major Oak
England, UK
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6th place 
The Plane in Archar village
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7th place 
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
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8th place 
Lady's Tree
Scotland, UK
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9th place 
The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin
Wales, UK
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10th place 
The Nail tree
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11th place 
The chestnut tree
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12th place 
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
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13th place 
Cedar of Lebanon
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14th place