The Pouplie

Species: Black poplar (Populus nigra L.)
Age: 200-300 yrs years
Region: Boult-sur-Suippe, Great East Region, France

Protective Nymph of the Champagne Valley

Fondly nicknamed The Pouplie for 2 centuries, this black poplar is huge for France (girth 9.6m and 38m high). Last of old poplars, soul of the village, her gold leaves adorns it's coat of arms. She is said to be the incarnation of a nymph, daughter of the sun, who mourned for her dead brother by the river. The Pouplie was a sentinel during WW1, soldiers watching the enemy from her heights. Located on a buildable private site and weakened by a fire, villagers wish to protect her for many more years.
Tree of the year 2021
31594 votes
9th place
Nominated by: Amandine Polet
National contest organizer: Association A.R.B.R.E.S.