The Elm Tree from Căpeni (Köpec)
Species: elm (Ulmus campestris)
Age: 300 years
Region: Căpeni, Harghita county, Romania
There exists a saying: “There is a problem in Köpec”. Because of this saying the village is well-known in the Carpathian basin. The saying has a sad origin. During the 1848 revolution a villager shot over the Austrian General Heydte. The general revenged this action burning down the village and killing the attackers. 51 villagers were killed leaving 106 orphans. Near the elm, along the centuries a water mill functioned that had a great role in the life of the villagers. It was not only a place for cereal grinding but also an important meeting place where personal and community problems were discussed. The importance of this place is also indicated by the fact that while in some period of the year dancing and singing were forbidden by the church’s rules the mill was allowed to work even Sundays, allowing the elm to be part of the village life.
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European Tree of the Year 2012
 
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2nd place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2012

 
The Old Lime Tree of Felsőmocsolád
 
Hungary
 
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1st place 
The Elm Tree from Căpeni (Köpec)
 
Romania
 
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2nd place 
The Wish Tree
 
Bulgaria
 
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3rd place 
Lime Tree in Lipany
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Oak Grot in Dęblin
 
Poland
 
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5th place 
Alley in Skalička
 
Czech Republic
 
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6th place 
Pistacia in Ghisonaccia (Haute-Corse)
 
France
 
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7th place