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The Paris Planes

paris plane leaning_web
paris plane pollarded_web
As much as we love the London plane, let’s not forget its wide use in la belle ville, Paris.

This leaning avenue and pollarded plane stand in le parc de Belleville, in the 2oth arondissement. Parisiens refer to them simply as “platane”.

It’s the same species as the london plane, and was first recorded in Spain in the C17th. The plane tree is used in cities all over the world; its bark soaks up pollution and its broad branch and leaf spread provide much needed city shade (in mainland europe at least…….).