Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
Several bald cypress trees were planted by Brussels's gardeners to beautify Leopold Park in the 1980s. Their pyramidal silhouette stands out clearly from the landscape. Their reddish-brown bark brings a warm tone to morning mists. Their foliage, pale green in spring and red in autumn, is reflected in the pond. Bald cypresses are one of the few conifers that turn bald during the cold season. In winter, they are more discreet because they lose their needles. But there are some details that make it possible to notice them in all seasons. In the lawn around them are strange wooden pebbles. It is their aerial roots, "pneumatophores", that pump oxygen to allow their root system to breathe into the water-soaked soil. That's how they can live for long period of submersion under the water.