The Purple Beech of Reigi

Species: European Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)
Age: 120 years
Region: Pihla, Hiiumaa, Estonia

Driver for creative spirit

On a small and serene Estonian island, Hiiumaa, in the Baltic Sea, a rare red-leaved beech grows, a resilient exceptional finding in harsh Nordic conditions. 120 years ago, this tree was set in the garden of the pastorate of the Reigi Church by a pastor in honor of the birth of his son.
Once upon a time it was a centre of community life; church bells rang and the tavern buzzed, providing content for several novels, films and even an opera. Nowadays, tranquility mixes with the vitality of the Reigi beech, waiting for guests.

Tree of the year 2023
5875 votes
13th place
Nominated by: The Nature Fund
National contest organizer: The Nature Fund