13 of Europe's most fascinating trees

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2. Bulgaria: Sequoias from Yuchbunar

Species: Giant sequoia (Sequoia giganteam)
Age: 130 years
Region: Village of Bogoslov, Kyustendil, Bulgaria

These three magnificent giant sequoias live near the village of Bogoslov in Kyustendil. Given that the natural distribution of giant sequoias is restricted to a limited area of the western Sierra Nevada, California, finding the giants elsewhere is a special occurrence; this one thanks to forester Yordan Mitrev who brought sequoia seeds to Bulgaria at the end of the 19th century. The trees' nominators say that the trees have an important place in the history of forestry, adding, "Many people from the region and the country would visit the site to hug the trees and benefit from their energy."

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