For many city trees life is a matter of survival against the odds.

 

 

This scruffy, unidentified specimen is rooted in an inhospitable scrap of ground at the top of the railway cutting behind Gare du Nord.

 

 

The bark is split right down the trunk and it’s clear that the branches have been lopped off many times but the mass of young shoots show that there’s life in this tree yet.  I walk past here most weeks so I’ll be watching for leaves and flowers in the spring.

Prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge Against the Odds.