Square Prince Léopold Brussels
GPS coordinates :
50.8837 , 4.3422
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Pinus nigra
French name :
Pin noir d’Autriche
Dutch name :
Zwarte den
English name :
European black pine, Austrian pine
Family :
Height :
17 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 40 m
Diameter of the crown :
14 m
Trunk circumference :
254 cm
Expected circumference :
400 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 500–600 years
Origin / Indigenous
Austria, former Yugoslavian nations, central Italy
Favorite soil :
All, but not too compact
Favorite climate
Temperate and cool

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 :

Features and characters of the individual

This black pine from Austria is a big fan of mountains and lots of light. It has acclimated well to the square. It belongs to a very determined species: it is able to grow in soils that are fairly poor and also in chalky soils. It puts up with winds across the plain. This tree seems to have grown freely without competition from neighbouring trees. We feel that it first soared up high, and then its youthful crown started to fill out; it is quite high perched and in the form of cone. Its lower branches drop down with a certain sense of lethargy, giving it a little bit of a subdued air. They go against the species’ reputation of being stiff and sometimes even austere. In a few years, its bark with large silvery grey patches will become blackish, which may be how it earned a reputation of being austere.