An exceptional nature can be seen in Paris … when we know where to find it! The city lists more than 200 remarkable trees, named after them because they are very big, very old, very exotic, or simply for their history.
The Oldest : le Robinier du Square Viviani
Planted and introduced in 1601 by Jean Robin, former gardener of King Henry IV (and to whom he owes his name), this black locust is the oldest tree in Paris. Most of the foliage is now composed of rejects that have grown on both sides of the old trunk of origin.
Square René-Viviani – Montebello (5e)
Le plus légendaire : l’orme de Saint-Gervais
This tree could have had the title of oldest tree of Paris … if it had not been destroyed during the French Revolution! A tree that has passed through time since the Middle Ages, it is the successor of a line of elm trees that have occupied the center of Place Saint-Gervais since the 14th century. The population of the neighborhood was accustomed to gather under its foliage on feast days, and the lords did justice after mass.
Place Saint-Gervais (4e)
The Tallest plus grand : le Séquoia des Buttes-Chaumont
With a circumference of 4.70 m and a height of more than 35 meters, this tree native of California, and located in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, is one of the largest in the capital. More than 150 years old, it’s still a baby, the sequoia can reach 3000 years! Do not miss to touch its spongy bark, very soft to the touch, which offers him a remarkable resistance to fire.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (19e)
Les plus nombreux : l’allée des Cygnes
This long strip of artificial earth built in 1827 brings together 60 different tree species. A pleasant stroll in the middle of the Seine to discover maples, oaks, chestnut or lime trees that offer each season a magnificent range of colors.
Allée des Cygnes (15e)
Le plus gros : platane d’Orient du Parc Monceau
It is difficult to miss this tree from Parc Monceau, remarkable for its age and for the imposing base of its trunk. Planted in 1814, its trunk is indeed 7 meters in circumference for a height of 31 meters!
It is one of the two remarkable trees in Parc Monceau with Gingko biloba (also called tree with forty crowns), planted here in 1879.
Parc Monceau (8e)