Witch’s Yew Tree
Species: Yew (Taxus baccata)
Age: 600 years
Region: Blarney, Cork, Ireland
An ancient tree with a legendary story
The ancient Witch’s Yew Tree, situated in the Mythical Rock Close on the grounds of Blarney Castle Estate in Southern Ireland, has been estimated by experts to be in excess of 600 years old. This majestic and awe-inspiring specimen sits atop a natural outcrop of limestone rock, that houses the Witch's Kitchen, an 18th century folly that's said to be home of the Blarney Witch who first told mortals of the Blarney Stone’s magic powers and its ability to grant the gift of eloquence.
Photo: Blarney Castle Estate{{photographer}}
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13th place 
Nominated by: Blarney Castle Estate
National contest organizer: Irish Tree Society The Tree Council of Ireland

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2020

 

National contest winners

Guardian of the Flooded Village
 
Czech Republic
 
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Ginkgo from Daruvar
 
Republic of Croatia
 
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Lonely Poplar
 
Russian Federation
 
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The Witch Tree
 
The Netherlands
 
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Multisecular Fir Tree - Guardian of Cibin
 
Romania
 
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The Chestnut Tree from Vales
 
Portugal
 
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The Allerton Oak
 
United Kingdom
 
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The Freedom Tree in Kaposvár
 
Hungary
 
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The Three-Legged Spanish Oak
 
Spain
 
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9th place 
Precious Sorb Tree
 
Slovakia
 
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The Multisecular Beech of Saint-Jammes
 
France
 
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11th place 
Elderberry Tree
 
Poland
 
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Witch’s Yew Tree
 
Ireland
 
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13th place 
The Venerable Oak in Novo Selo Village
 
Bulgaria
 
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14th place 
The Tree of Freedom
 
Belgium
 
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Oak Vallonea of Tricase
 
Italy
 
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16th place