Stelmužė oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: more than 1 000 years
Region: Stelmužė village, Zarasai district, Utena county, Lithuania
The Stelmužė oak - a symbol of statehood and strength
You will find  1,000 — 1,500 years old Stelmužė oak, one of the oldest trees in Europe and a symbol of
strength, in the Northeast of Lithuania near the XVII century wooden church built by Latvian masters without the use of a single iron nail. Indeed, Lithuanians say that a man is as strong as Stelmužė oak. Tourists experience Stelmužė oak’s beauty and rich history of sacrifices by pagan priests under its branches or skeleton and rifle of a Napoleonic soldier found in its cavity. In Lithuania, acorns of Stelmužė oak are used to propagate many oaks, preserving this veteran tree‘s genes for many years to come.
Photo: Algimantas Navickas, Arnoldas Abramavičius, Gintautas Antanavičius, Arvydas Veikšra, Jurgita Mikutavičienė,{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2017
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13th place 
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

Oak Józef
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1st place 
The Brimmon Oak
Wales, UK
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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
Czech republic
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The Céron park saman
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4th place 
The Sycamore Gap Tree
England, UK
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5th place 
The Holm Oak
Northern Ireland, UK
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6th place 
The venerable sessile oak by the Nasalevtsi church
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7th place 
The "Ding Dong" Tree
Scotland, UK
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8th place 
Plane tree from Budatin
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9th place 
Aprisquillo Pine
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10th place 
Russalka oak
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11th place 
The Village Lime Tree of Massemen
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12th place 
Stelmužė oak
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13th place 
The most beautiful plane tree of the Jászai Mari square
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14th place 
Hugh O’Flaherty’s Trees
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15th place 
Climbing Beech in Hoppenrade
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16th place