Parc Elisabeth Koekelberg
GPS coordinates :
50.8652 , 4.3262
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Platanus x hispanica
French name :
Platane à feuille d’érable
Dutch name :
Gewone plataan
English name :
London plane
Family :
Height :
21 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 40 m
Diameter of the crown :
28 m
Trunk circumference :
580 cm
Expected circumference :
800 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 300–500 years
Origin / Indigenous
Crossed in Spain or southern France around 1650
Favorite soil :
light, fresh, fertile
Favorite climate
Temperate warm, but also temperate fresh

Usefulness and services of the tree :

Enhances the landscape :
++ very wide crown, beautiful visual effect of the trunk when in a group
Enhances the biodiversity :
+ especially for birds nesting in branches and hollows
Provide oxygen :
+++ enormous leaf area
Purify the air :
+++ idem
Filter the water :
+++ idem
Prevents flooding :
+ well-draining soil on the site
Stores carbon :
++ regular growth, large wood mass
Softens the climate :
+++ shaded atmosphere
Limits soil erosion :
Does good, heals :
+ wood

Features and characters of the individual

This tree stands a little behind the large vaulted paths, formed by the plane trees in Parc Elisabeth. It is the largest of it species within the region. It sets itself apart, providing shade for the regular park goers, young sportsmen, pensioner line-dancers and the Plazei festival-goers. In order for this tree to continue thriving for a long time, it is important to leave space for its roots, which extend far away from the trunk. This is why a protective are has been made following the paths. Recycled organic matter nourishes the tree in this area.