The tree on the corner catches the sun and the attention.  There are, in fact, three ginkgo trees on this small open space, at the junction of Rue des Archives and Rue des Haudriettes, but two look a little cramped and hungry, while the third, the one on the corner, spreads it’s branches expansively and positively glows.

So many city trees don’t have enough space, above or below ground, to grow to their full potential, but if trees were only planted in places where they were sure of living out their natural lifespan, their numbers would be much reduced.  Gingkos can reach a height and spread of 50m, over a life of more than 1,000 years.  Some specimens, growing outside monasteries in the tree’s native China, are estimated to be well over 2,000 years old.  That’s a bit beyond the town planners’ usual time frame.