Lonely Poplar
Species: Laurel-Leafed Poplar (Populus laurifolia)
Age: 103 years
Region: village Har-Buluk,Tselinny district, Kalmykia, Russia
“Lonely Poplar” from the steppes of Kalmykia
According to legend, this poplar was planted in the early XX century by a Buddhist monk. He brought the seeds from Tibet, where he had been on a pilgrimage. The monk put the seeds in a traveling staff and buried them on the highest point of a hill in the vast steppe. The poplar grew into a gigantic tree with spreading branches casting a deep shadow. All who made long journeys on horseback stopped here to rest and appealed to the poplar with requests. The tree then fullfilled these wishes. The "Lonely Poplar" is regarded as a shrine in Kalmykia.
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Nominated by: THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL PROJECT "TREES AS NATURAL HERITAGE MONUMENTS"
National contest organizer: Zdorovy Les, NPSA

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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3rd place 
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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7th place 
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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10th place 
The Multisecular Beech of Saint-Jammes
 
France
 
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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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15th place 
Oak Vallonea of Tricase
 
Italy
 
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16th place