Witches Spruce
Species: Norway spruce (Picea abies L.)
Age: 170 years (estimated)
Region: Vilkyškiai forest near to Vilkyškiai town, Pagėgiai municipality, Lithuania
Mysterious Witches’ Broom
The Witches Spruce is 34 m in height, its 18 trunks (one of which was broken in a storm in 2007) branch at 80 cm, giving the appearance of tangled witch’s hair. One legend says the witch's broom turned into the tree because she met a local man she liked, and forgot to fetch her broom until midnight. Another story tells that Napoleon cut off the top of a small spruce while he was riding a horse, and it grew back into its strange shape as a result. Many legends have been captured in children's drawings.
Photo: Lukas Balandis{{photographer}}
European Tree of the Year 2018
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10th place 
Nominated by: Rambynas regional park
National contest organizer: Lithuanian Arboricultural Center
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2018

Whistler cork oak tree
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Ancient elms of Cabeza Buey
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The oak called "the Elder of the Belgorod Forests"
Russian Federation
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3rd place 
Zengővárkony's survivor, the sweet chestnut
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The Gilwell Oak
United Kingdom
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Apple tree from Bošáca
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The massive plane tree - the symbol of Trsteno
Republic of Croatia
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Sequoias from Yuchbunar
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8th place 
Walnut Tree in Kvasice
Czech Republic
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9th place 
Witches Spruce
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10th place 
Poplar Helena
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11th place 
The Lime of the Old Country
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12th place 
Oak from Cajvana
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13th place 
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