All photos courtesy of New Orleans City Park
It’s easy to be an admired tree, especially when you’re sturdy with good, shady climbing limbs. But to be a beloved tree, the kind where couples make vows at your trunk, where generations dangle from your branches—all that takes a certain kind of timelessness.
It began to grow before 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence (1776), before DaVinci painted the Mona Lisa (1503), and before the Italians built the Leaning Tower of Pisa (1372).
It’s holding ground in the city of New Orleans before it even was the city of New Orleans (1718).