The Viiralt's Oak

Species: English oak (Quercus robur L.)
Age: 300-400Ā years
Region: Vana-VƵidu village, Viljandi county, Estonia

A Living Symbol of Estonia's Cultural Resilience and Historical Legends

Viiralt's Oak, named after well-known Estonian graphic artist Eduard Viiralt's 1943 engraving, stands proudly in Estonia's Viljandi area. This 13-meter-tall tree, also known as Tamme-Koori tamm, holds historical intrigue. Legend has it that the King of Sweden personally planted it from a broken log, promising a return of Swedish power to Estonia. Despite landscape changes, the oak remains robust, with a 550 cm circumference. Commemorated on a silver coin for Estonia's 90th anniversary, this iconic tree embodies cultural and historical significance. A must-see for art enthusiasts and those exploring Estonia's rich heritage.

Tree of the year 2024
5703 votes
12thĀ place
Nominated by: Hendrik Relve, Mart Erik, Marge Taivere
National contest organizer: The Nature Fund