Adress
La Cambre Abbey Ixelles
GPS coordinates :
4.373941975410904 , 50.8194740151461
Scientific inventory
Walk: the gardens of the Abbaye de la Cambre

Identity

Latin name :
Ginkgo biloba
French name :
Ginkgo biloba
Dutch name :
Japanse notenboom
English name :
Maidenhair tree
Family :
Ginkgoaceae
Height :
3 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 30 m
Diameter of the crown :
4 m
Trunk circumference :
156 cm
Expected circumference :
500 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for more than 1000 years
Origin / Indigenous
Asia, south-west China
Favorite soil :
All
Favorite climate
Rather hot, humid to temperate, but acclimatising to the Belgian climate

Usefulness and services of the tree :

Enhances the landscape :
+++
Enhances the biodiversity :
++
Provide oxygen :
+
Purify the air :
+
Filter the water :
+
Prevents flooding :
+
Stores carbon :
+
Softens the climate :
+++
Limits soil erosion :
Does good, heals :
+++
Collection of the Belgian State, permanent loan to the Meise Botanic Garden: Von Siebold, Flora Japonica, pl. 136

Features and characters of the individual

This maidenhair tree looks quite strange. This weeping variety is rare in Brussels. However, during the time of the dinosaurs there was a greater variety of ginkgo trees. Compared to other trees of the same species in the Brussels Region, it looks like a bonsai. It is a curiosity that you would expect to find in a botanical collection or botanical garden, rather than in an urban environment. People passing by are therefore intrigued by its presence. Its low crown forms a small welcoming dome. Walkers often enter on the same side, which has formed a kind of passage through the curtain of branches that fall to the ground. A small hut of trimmed greenery for the children.