The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
Species: downy oak (Quercus pubescens)
Age: 90 years
Region: Alta Sabina, Lazio region, Italy
The tree is a Quercus pubescens - downy oak - coming from the Maquis shrubland. It represents a core-component of the Mediterranean identity in the Appennines chain. The tree is set in Fonte Colombo (Rieti). This area is famous for being the geographical centre of Italy and for its belonging to the Sacred Valley, place of pray of Saint Francis, Patron of ecology. Francis used to pray very close to this tree. Between sky and earth, the tree grasps the rocks with a strong will to survive over the time and over the incredulous walkers and pilgrims.
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European Tree of the Year 2014
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10th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

The Old Elm
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The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
Czech Republic
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
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8th place 
The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
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10th place 
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