Leopold Park Brussels
GPS coordinates :
4.379692421742863 , 50.83983693738042
Scientific inventory


Latin name :
Taxodium distichum
French name :
Cyprès chauve
Dutch name :
English name :
Bald cypress
Family :
height :
Targeted height :
Diameter of the crown :
14 m
Trunk circumference :
230 cm
Expected circumference :
Expected longevity :
Origin / Indigenous
Favorite soil :
Favorite climate

Usefulness and services of the tree :

Enhances the landscape :
+++ trio that adorns the edge of the pond
Enhances the biodiversity :
++ relatively rare species
Provide oxygen :
++ large leaf area in summer
Purify the air :
++ group effect
Filter the water :
+++ appreciate moist soils
Prevents flooding :
+++ appreciate moist soils
Stores carbon :
++ very strong and durable wood
Softens the climate :
++ shades the walk around the pond
Limits soil erosion :
+++ stabilize the banks
Does good, heals :
- ornamental species
Collection of the Belgian Federal State on permanent loan to the Meise Botanical Garden: Mouillefert, Traité des arbres et arbrissaux, Atlas, pl. 32bis, 1892-1898

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.