The Acebuches de El Rocio are a remnant of an ancient Mediterranean forest that once dominated the landscape of Spain’s Doñana Natural Park. Despite their common perception as ‘just’ wild olive trees, acebuches have a rich history, as does the town of El Rocio, which receives a million pilgrims in a single week each year to its famous church.
Pinsapos, or Spanish fir trees, are only found in a few places on Earth. One of the largest pinsapo forests is in Spain’s Sierra Bermeja.
The oldest tree in Paris is a more than 400 year old robinia (black locust) brought over to Europe by 17th century botanist Jean Robin.
Each year hundreds of thousands of people flock to the nearest cherry blossom tree to see the flowers, but Jindai-zakura has been blossoming for more than 1800 years.
A tree that was special to its owner was supposedly given ownership of itself, prompting the question – Can a tree have rights?
A quick announcement about a new group where anyone can share their own ‘treeographies’
There are many large sweet chestnut trees throughout Europe, but none can match up to the legendary Hundred Horse Chestnut in eastern Sicily.
The desert is by no means a hospitable place, but a single tree managed to survive the arid wasteland for several hundred years – until it met its end due to an exceptionally careless driver.
Treehouses have been loved by all for centuries, but few were able to capture the imagination of the public like the multilevel shelter from the 1960 film Swiss Family Robinson.
The 8th annual European Tree of the Year will come to a close on Feb 28th, but there’s still time to vote! To add to the suspense, the vote tallies are hidden for the last week of voting, but here are the standings from just before they were hidden.