Un Arbre Remarquable (A Remarkable Tree)
Paris’s oldest tree, next to the city’s oldest church, just over the River Seine from what is probably Paris’s most famous sight: the Cathedral of Notre Dame. What a combo!
The tree, in the small pretty Square Viviano, which overlooks Notre Dame on the other side of the river, was already old when the cathedral as we know it today was saved from destruction by the writings of Victor Hugo. Just behind the tree is St-Julien-le Pauvre, a small Romanesque church from the 12th century.
The tree has been designated as an Arbre Remarquable, and it’s easy to see why. In spite of having to be propped up now, it’s still growing and we have to admire its tenacity. This Robinier tree is a pseudo-acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia, L.). It was planted in 1601 by the gardener of King Henri 1V, Jean Robin, who introduced it into France and gave it his name. It belongs to the Fabaceaefamily, originally from the south-east of the USA.
When last measured in 2011, it was 11 meters (almost 36 feet) tall with a trunk of 3.85 meters (about 12.5 feet) in circumference.