A 115-year-old European nettle tree in the Croatian town of Medulin in Istria is currently in the running for European Tree of the Year 2021 title.
Known as ‘The eldest resident of Medulin – Chocolate tree of our memories’, the tree is among 14 finalists from all over Europe for the title.
The Croatian candidate for the European title a deciduous tree species which is widespread in Mediterranean countries. The tree can grow up to 25 meters in height. According to some reports, it can live up to 400 years.
It was once used to make walking sticks and whip handles because the shoots are flexible and the wood is amenable to turning. Today it is planted as an ornamental plant that is quite resistant to air pollution, and the canopy provides a pleasant shade. Fruits and leaves are used in folk medicine. It is one of the trees with the most names in Croatia, it is also called in some parts fafarika, gangulić, kompriva, haharinka, kostanjula, pelegrinka, popriva, čiburić, and ćići borići.
Voting for the European Tree of the Year will take place until 28 February 2021. You can place your vote here.
The results will be announced on 17th of March. Last year Croatia’s Ginko from Daruvar finished second in the European contest.
Check out the video from Medulin below.