Now, five trees in the garden have just been given the official title ‘arbre remarquable‘ (remarkable tree) by the A.R.B.R.E.S. association: a Cedar of Lebanon, a Japanese pagoda tree, an Oriental Plane, a Japanese Cherry et un Pistacia which is 315 years old!
Here’s all the info.
The Pistacia planted in 1702 is indeed remarkable, and now so are four of its friends in the Jardin des Plantes, officially!
The stories behind each tree – told here in French – are often as impressive as the trees themselves. For example:
– The Cedar of Lebanon, now 283 years old and 18 metres high, spent part of its journey back to France in Bernard de Jussieu’s hat, after the pot broke in transit.
– Thee Japanese pagoda tree – 22 metres high and 270 years old – came from a seed sent in 1747. We know now that the tree came from China, not Japan.
– Thee Oriental Plane is 27 metres high and celebrates its 232nd birthday this year. It’s one of three planted by Buffon in 1785.
– The youngest of the ‘remarkable trees’ is only 57 years old and 4 metres high, but if you see it in the spring you’ll no doubt be in awe of its beauty – this Japanese Cherry has incredible white flowers and could one day spread as wide as 20 metres!
If you speak a little French, you can read the full story of each tree here.
Also, you might like to know that the A.R.B.R.E.S. association has created a map of France marked with all the remarkable trees they have found. You can check it out here (for instance, there are others in Paris – try finding them all!).