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2021 – Bird cherry (Prunus padus) at Rauðavatn, SW-Iceland

Með júlí 19, 2022ágúst 9th, 2022English

The Tree of the Year 2021 is a bird cherry standing on the site of the old plant nursery by Rauðavatn in Reykjavík. The age of the bird cherry is not fully known, but it is most likely the offspring of a bird cherry planted in the early years of the nursery at the beginning of the 20th century, but that tree is the foremother of a number of bird cherries throughout the capital area. The Tree of the Year 2021 is the first bird cherry to be nominated. The tree has multiple trunks making the measurements of it at the nomination ceremony a bit tricky. Its height was measured at 8 m, with the thickest trunk measuring a radius of 7,5 cm at chest height.

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