The Croatian tree in 2021 is the Centennial Giant in the heart of Slavonia

A tree of a giant mammoth, situated within the EPIcentre Sequoia Slatina, is about 130 years old and was chosen for the Croatian Tree in 2021. This Centennial Giant was protected in 1967 as a monument of park architecture - a single tree.

The story of a huge mammoth in Slatina tells us about this tree as the only protected specimen of this species in the Republic of Croatia and one of the oldest specimens of this species in Europe. Following the horticultural trends of the 19th century, it was planted by the noble Schaumburg-Lippe family, at the same time as the oldest redwoods were planted in England, outside their natural habitat.

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By the way, these are trees that are naturally distributed in the western part of North America, more precisely in the central part of California (Sierra Nevada) above 1.500 meters above sea level. In Croatia, as in the rest of Europe, redwoods were planted as an ornamental species, but European trees are much smaller than American ones.

Croatian tree In 2021, a candidate for the European tree

Croatian tree in 2021 as many as 67.231 voters voted, a A century-old giant in the heart of Slavonia won with 11.042 votes. Only 99 votes less had the runner-up The last lady of the Podgorica park, and more than 10.000 votes were still taken Brijuni old olive and Bricin Hrast from the Lonjsko polje Nature Park.

The winner of the national competition Croatian Tree in 2021, the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Areas of Nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on behalf of the Republic of Croatia will run for finals of the European Tree 2022 competition, composed of the winners of national competitions of partner countries in the Tree of the Year project.

The organizers of the competition invite all citizens throughout the Republic of Croatia and beyond to get involved in the promotion of biodiversity of the Republic of Croatia, participating in the vote for the selection of the European Tree of the Year which will take place in early 2022, ahead of World Forest Day (March 21) when the winner of the European competition will be announced.

So far, the Republic of Croatia has been represented at the European Tree of the Year competition by Platana in Trsteno na trg (2018) with seventh place, Gupčeva lipa (2019) with eleventh place, Zaljubljeni Ginko from Daruvar (2020) with second place and the oldest Medulinka - Chocolate tree of our memories (2021) with tenth place.

Source: Public institution for the management of protected parts of nature of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County

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