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2020 – Oak-leaved mountain ash (Sorbus hybrida) at Skógar in the Westfjords

Með júlí 19, 2022ágúst 9th, 2022English

The Tree of the Year 2020 is an oak-leaved mountain ash standing at Skógar in Þorskafjörður in the Westfjords. The tree was planted in the early 1950’s by Jochum M. Eggertsson, one of the pioneers of the bahá’ía community in Iceland who are the current owners of Skógar and continuing Jochum’s planting activities. The tree has weathered tough growing conditions, which has given it a distinctive and interesting shape – bent to the wind but never broken. The tree was measured at the nomination ceremony and was 5,9 m in height, with a trunk diameter of 26,5 cm at knee-height and 17,3 cm at chest height, where the trunk has split in two.

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An article (in Icelandic) from Skógræktarritið – The Journal of the Icelandic Forestry Association about the tree (here).