There are no less than 484,000 trees in Paris! This makes Paris one of the most treed cities in Europe and here we’re only counting the «public» trees.
- trees lining public streets (96 500);
- trees in parks and gardens (36 500);
- trees in cemeteries (34 000);
- trees along the Péripherique (8000);
- trees in school yards and sports areas (9 000);
- trees in the bois de Boulogne et Vincennes (300 000) for a total of 160 species.
Most trees in public spaces and lining streets live to just 60 to 80 years. Trees have a tough time dealing with pollution and other incidents of city life. But there are still 222 remarkable trees in Paris that have been classified by the city. The 222 are remarkable either for their beauty or fantastic shape, their history or their rarity. Here are a few of the trees deemed remarkable in our fair city. A list and map of 60 trees worth seeing is available on http://www.paris.fr
Chestnut trees in the Luxembourg gardens, near the corner rue Guynemer and rue de Vaugirard, were planted from chestnuts from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Arenes de Lutece
This twisted beech (Faux de Verzy, Fagus sylvatica ‘tortuosa’, L.) planted in 1905, is remarkable for its age, dimension and tortuous limbs. It is native to the Reims area.
Park du Champ de Mars
The Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis, L.), planted in 1814, is remarkable for its age and unusual clump of 6 trunks.
Square Viviani, next to Shakespeare &Co.
The Locust false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) was planted in 1601 by the gardener of Henri IV, Jean Robin, who introduced it to France and gave its name. It is the oldest tree in Paris.
The Oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis, L.), planted in 1814, is remarkable for its age and imposing trunk which measures 7 meters in circumference.
Jardin des Champs-Élysées, M ° Champs-Elysées Clemenceau
The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum, Buchholz), planted in 1850, is remarkable for its age. There are several Sequoias in Paris. They are native to West Coast of the United States.
Bois de Boulogne – Bagatelle
The Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana, Koch), planted in 1907, is remarkable for its age. It belongs to the family Araucariaceae, from Chile.
This elm (Ulmus carpinifolia, Mill.) was planted in 1935, in the place of a previous elm under which, in the Middle Ages, people came to pay debts.
Parc de Choisy
This blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’, Career), planted in 1939, is remarkable because it was planted to mark the sesquicentennial of the French Revolution. It is native to the Atlas Mountains.
Park Sainte-Perine, rue Mirabeau, Av de Versailles
This paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera, Vent.) is remarkable for its rarity and its size.
Bois de Vincennes Ile Bercy
The common sycamore (Platanus x acerifolia, Willd.) planted in 1860, is remarkable for its height and age. At 45 meters (that’s 18 stories) it is possibly the tallest tree in Paris.
Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad
This silver linden (Tilia tomentosa Moench) planted in 1944, is remarkable because it was planted on the occasion of the liberation of Paris, making it 70 years old this year. Of the family Malvaceae it is native to the eastern Mediterranean.