Walckiers Park Schaerbeek / Schaarbeek
GPS coordinates :
50.8785 , 4.3879
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 :
around 20 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 30–35 m
Diameter of the crown :
17 m
Trunk circumference :
255 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

In Parc Walckiers, this tree grows freely and understatedly through the railings of the Institut de la Sainte Famille d’Helmet. The top brushes with the roofs of a 19th century château and a neo-Gothic chapel. A large number of schoolchildren pass under its branches. Do they take notice of this tree, or of the other two sycamore maples that hide in the various plots in the park? It’s not always easy for this species to attract attention, as it’s so commonplace!