Russalka oak
Species: Common oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: about 100 years
Region: Tallinn, Harju county, Estonia
Oak of Russalka
A short distance from the statue of Russalka - erected to commemorate the sinking of this ship with its 178 Estonian and Russian seamen - stands an oak tree with a unique shape. These two symbols are located at a favourite meeting place in Tallinn. This large oak tree became an obstacle to urban development. But the local community spoke up to ensure that the graceful tree would be spared. Hopefully, the oak tree will keep connecting different people and cultures for centuries to come.
Photo: Pilot:Lauri Lokotar ja Cam:Kaido Kabral, Heiki Hanso{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2017
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11th place 
National contest organizer: Arboristide Koda
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2017

Oak Józef
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The Brimmon Oak
Wales, UK
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2nd place 
The lime tree at Lipka
Czech republic
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3rd place 
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