Square du Petit Sablon / Kleine Zavelsquare Brussels
GPS coordinates :
50.8396 , 4.3567
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Acer pseudoplatanus
French name :
Erable sycomore
Dutch name :
Gewone esdoorn
English name :
Sycamore maple, Great maple, Plane tree
Family :
Height :
24 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 30–35 m
Diameter of the crown :
16 m
Trunk circumference :
280 cm
Expected circumference :
500 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 600 years
Origin / Indigenous
Throughout Europe through to East Asia
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 :
Belgian Federal State Collection on permanent loan to the [Meise Botanical Garden](<>). Hempel, Die Bäume und Sträucher dese Waldes, pl. 44, 1889

Features and characters of the individual

This tree is part of the Square du Petit Sablon outdoor museum: a small forest of 19 trees and 43 columns decorated with bronze sculptures that represent old trades of Brussels. It provides shelter for a glove maker and a gilder. Its roots and crown brush with the lime trees, other maple sycamores and some plane trees, which can be easily distinguished by their bark and leaves.