A black cottonwood tree (Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa) at the farm Freyshólar in Vellir in East Iceland has been named Tree of the Year by the Icelandic Forestry Association.
The nomination is dedicated to the 80th birthday of brothers Baldur and Bragi Jónsson from Freyshólar. The brothers, who spent their entire working lives with the Forest Service, retiring in 2003, planted the tree 50 years ago. The tree now stands at 17 meters (55 ft) tall, according to a statement on the association’s website.
The annual Tree of the Year award aims to highlight the work done in Iceland on cultivation of trees and forests. Nomination depends on a variety of factors including size, history and rarity of the species of tree in question.