Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
Usually smaller narrow-leaved ash trees prefer to sunbathe on the shores of rivers in the Mediterranean basin. This ash has acclimatised well in Brussels, lazing at the edge of the Ixelles Ponds. Its silhouette and size attracts attention. Obviously it has found moist soil and a microclimate that suits it well. With a height of 29 m, it rivals the height of neighbouring buildings. Its crown is very dense, and also droops over slightly. This species is quite rare in Belgium. If you pass by, the ‘weeping’ branches allow you to observe its buds up-close: they are velvety black, sometimes with a blue sparkle. You will also see its clusters of flat samaras. Each seed has a large elongated wing. In the countryside they are called “helicopter seeds”.