Rue Meylemeersch 72 Anderlecht
GPS coordinates :
50.8116 , 4.2610
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This tree has been added to the WoodWideWeb atlas by "Culture group" from Facere Center


Latin name :
Liriodendron tulipifera
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Can grow up to 60 m in USA, 40 m in Belgium
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Expected longevity :
Can live for 400–500 years
Origin / Indigenous
North America, eastern USA
Favorite soil :
cool and damp
Favorite climate
Cool and temperate (hot summer)
Belgian Federal State Collection on permanent loan to the Meise Botanical Garden. < > Michaux, Histoire des arbres forestiers de l'Amérique septentrionale, vol. 3, 1813

Features and characters of the individual

This Virginia tulip tree was noticed by the group from the "culture" workshop at the Facere Centre next to the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. In recent months, the group has put trees at the heart of its activities:

"We have chosen to introduce you to one of the trees in our garden: a Virginia tulip tree.

It was planted during the first Directorate, by our former director Mrs. Noldé. The planting took place, approximately, according to our research, in the early 2000s. It was our educator from the gardening workshop at the time, Danièle, who went to get the young tree. It was planted on a rainy day, with the help of three educators to hold it and backfill the soil.

As our participant Annette points out: "Residents like to stroll around him, gather together under his foliage. When it dresses in its autumn colours, it has an extraordinary beauty. I find that its leaves are tulip-shaped and it provides us with wonderful moments. Circular stone benches and a round table have been installed to enjoy our beautiful summer moments near him. This place allows us to meet personally with our educators to talk about our moods, our projects and our little joys..."

For another of our residents, Gaëtan: "I appreciate going under the tulip tree with friends who come to say hello. I like it when my visitors play the guitar for me!»

Denise would like to add that with the "photos" workshop, she likes to settle down, exchange and even take pictures of what is happening around the tree. Sometimes after that, she falls asleep!

Another resident of the Centre, Nathalie takes advantage of the small platform under the tulip tree to take breaks during the painting workshop. "I like to go and breathe by the tree, it gives me ideas to continue my painting in class. I also take the opportunity to observe nature and be inspired by it while breathing. Some Fridays, when I'm alone with an educator in the games workshop and the weather is nice, we'll sit down and play a game of scrabble on my tablet."

Since the summer of 2017, we have been organizing "musical naps" or "tea-dances" sessions, with the old turntables and vinyl records collected by the Day Centre's radio workshop, "Comme sur les roulettes!

Tree Activities

The Atelier team is preparing a "Super Direct" program on Trees. Broadcast on May 22, 2019 from 2pm to 3pm.

And then, the team is preparing a walk for you from the tulip tree. It will be launched in the summer of 2019. To be continued on Wood Wide Web Facebook, Agenda and Newsletter. The radio workshop will also offer you a sound activity!


12 SEPT - 14h - Walk with trees "like on wheels" guided by the Atelier culture de FACERE. Meeting point at the entrance to the Vogelzang Nature Reserve (Hof ter Vleest Alley (perpendicular to the Chaussée de Mons), 1070 Anderlecht) You can listen to the workshop's broadcasts as a podcast on Our show is broadcast on 48fm in Liege every second Sunday from noon to 1pm. We collaborate on the collective radio project of the "SuperDirect!" live on Campus Brussels radio and in public from the Point Culture Ulb, 5 to 6 Wednesdays per season from 14 to 15h.

Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere
Photos: Facere