Witch’s Yew Tree

Species: Yew (Taxus baccata)
Age: 600 years 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.
Tree of the year 2020
11372 votes
13th place
Nominated by: Blarney Castle Estate
National contest organizer: Irish Tree Society