Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro
Species: Holm Oak (Quercus rotundifolia Lam)
Age: 150 years
Region: Mértola Town, Region of Alentejo, Portugal
The centenary shadow tree
The holm oak is a very resilient tree, part of a unique Mediterranean production system - the "Montado", that sustains the economy of fragile territories and contributes to biodiversity and rural development. The best way to understand the magnificence of the Secular Holm Oak is by its large shadow. Sitting under the tree canopy makes the scorching heat in Alentejo summer almost bearable, allowing us to contemplate the vastness of the surrounding plains, breathing its peace and quietness.
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European Tree of the Year 2019
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3rd place 
Nominated by: Municipality of Mértola
National contest organizer: UNAC - Union of the Mediterranian Forest
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2019

The Almond Tree of the Snowy Hill in Pécs
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1st place 
The Abramtsevo Oak
Russian Federation
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2nd place 
Secular Holm Oak from Monte Barbeiro
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3rd place 
The bird-tree
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4th place 
Lime tree of Liberty
Czech Republic
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5th place 
Kneeling tree
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6th place 
The Pet-oak
The Netherlands
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7th place 
The Guardian of Great Moravia's secrets
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8th place 
Nellie's Tree
United Kingdom
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9th place 
The Our Lady Tree of Lummen
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10th place 
Gubec linden
Republic of Croatia
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11th place 
Elm of Navajas
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12th place 
The towering plane from Câmpeni
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13th place 
The venerable Turkey oak near Rani lug village
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14th place 
Raudonė Castle Lime
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15th place 
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