The olive tree of Vouves is considered to be the oldest tree in the world, with an age between 3000 and 5000 years, still producing olives. The tree is located among other very old olive trees at the village of Ano Vouves in the municipal unit of Kolymvari south of Chania, in Crete, Greece and is visited by thousands of enthusiasts from around the world.
The olive tree of Vouves has been declared by Olive Municipalities of Crete (SEDIK) as "monumental" because of its particular shape and exceptional texture of its trunk that resembles a work of art. Vouves olive tree is of Mastoid variety, locally called Tsounati.
The trunk, at 1 meter height, has a maximum diameter of approximately 3.70 metres and a perimeter of 8.10 metres, while the base of the tree has a maximum diameter of 4.53m and 12.55m perimeter.
Before the last four Olympic Games opening, a special branch-cutting ceremony took place at the village of Ano Vouves in front of tens of local people and visitors.
The tree has been also declared a Natural Monument and a wreath of this tree, which was cut with special ceremonies, crowned the first winner of the Marathon men at the Olympic Games Athens 2004. Since then a wreath made of its branches travels to every Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.