GPS coordinates :
50.8433 , 4.3611
Scientific inventory
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Latin name :
Aesculus hippocastanum
French name :
Marronnier commun
Dutch name :
Witte paardenkastanje
English name :
Common horse chestnut
Family :
Height :
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 30–35 m
Diameter of the crown :
Trunk circumference :
Expected circumference :
700 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 300 years
Origin / Indigenous
Originally from the Balkans and Anatolia, it spread throughout Europe in the middle of the 16th century
Favorite soil :
Likes all soil types, but not too dry if possible
Favorite climate
Cool to temperate and Mediterranean
Collection of the Belgian State, permanent loan to the Meise Botanic Garden : Hempel, Die Bäume und Sträucher dese Waldes, pl. 47, 1889

Features and characters of the individual

If the Brussels Park were a forest, the sign placed under the protection of this chestnut tree's foliage would indicate: "This wood was created for the pleasure of the public, its preservation is entrusted to all citizens". A heartwood, populated by sensitive living beings: trees and humans who take care of each other. A people connected by powerful roots, in symbiosis with the fungi of the soil, where each being can find its place.
This huge tree at the entrance to the Royal Park sculpts the landscape. He is the peaceful guardian of the park. But he belongs to a common species. We walk past him without noticing it. He is one of those green giants who silently and tirelessly serves us. He is one of the individuals who inspire Zerolutions' action.

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Photos: Priscille Cazin - Sylvolutions /32shoot asbl
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