Square du Petit Sablon Brussels
GPS coordinates :
50.8395 , 4.3569
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Tilia tomentosa
French name :
Tilleul argenté
Dutch name :
English name :
Silver lime (UK), Silver linden (US)
Family :
Height :
28 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 40 m
Diameter of the crown :
24 m
Trunk circumference :
336 cm
Expected circumference :
500 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 1000–2000 years
Origin / Indigenous
South-eastern Europe, Anatolia
Favorite soil :
Favorite 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 :
Tilia tomentosa, Hempel.Belgian Federal State Collection on permanent loan to the Meise Botanical Garden

Features and characters of the individual

Lime trees are known for getting along well with maple trees (and ash trees) in the forest. This also seems to be the case in this band of trees bordering the Place du Petit Sablon. Together, they form a vaulted gallery across the square. This gallery of greenery features 48 bronze sculptures on display, representing the trades that Brussels was formerly known for.
In this setting, between a passemanterie (maker of artful trimmings) and a cabinetmaker, this majestic lime tree grabs the attention of those passing by. Its leaves have a silvery shimmer, which can be seen reflected in the windows of neighbouring buildings. Standing next to the garden, the tree offers gentle shade for walkers.