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Marie Antoinette Tree Succumbs To Similar Fate As Namesake

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The 223-year old tree survived the French Revolution unlike it’s original landowner, Marie Antoinette. Planted in 1786 at the Versailles Palace, the 82′ tall beech tree was pushed over by a windstorm this last week.

The 82-foot high purple beech, one of the last trees in a hamlet dedicated to the former queen in the vast palace park, was felled Friday by an unusually fierce winter gust, the park’s head gardener said.

“Imagine how an old tree in Versailles is vulnerable to the wind,” gardener Alain Baraton told AP Television News on Tuesday. “That was all it took to cause the tree to fall and crash.”

At least 21 people died in the winter storm that pounded France and Spain last week.

The 223-year-old tree’s collapse, which also exhumed a jumble of roots, earth and grass, was the latest blow to the ex-queen’s Versailles vegetation after her most cherished oak tree died in a 2003 heat wave.

It had suffered other wind related damages over the last decade, and this gust of wind ultimately was the last straw.

Other famous trees on Sma’ Talk:

Gettysburg Witness Tree Falls

Versailles Palace Part 1
Versailles Palace Part 2

Written by smalltalkwitht

January 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm

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