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
 
Estonia
 
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The great plane of Tata
 
Hungary
 
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2nd place 
Poplar pollard of the Remolinar
 
Spain
 
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3rd place 
Oak Slav
 
Poland
 
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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
 
Bulgaria
 
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7th place 
Mulberry - The lighthouse of the history
 
Slovakia
 
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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
 
Belgium
 
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11th place 
The chestnut tree
 
France
 
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12th place 
Olive Tree from Canneto Sabino
 
Italy
 
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13th place 
Cedar of Lebanon
 
Ireland
 
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14th place