Adress
Rue du Buisson Ixelles
GPS coordinates :
50.8223 , 4.3716
Scientific inventory

Identity

Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Carpinus betulus
French name :
Charme Commun
Dutch name :
Gewone haagbeuk
English name :
Common / European hornbeam
Family :
Betulaceae
Height :
18 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 25 m
Diameter of the crown :
16 m
Trunk circumference :
229 cm
Expected circumference :
500 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 150 years
Origin / Indigenous
Native to Belgium
Favorite soil :
Neutral, quite rich, clayish and cool
Favorite climate
Temperate, continental, resistant to cold

Usefulness and services of the tree :

Enhances the landscape :
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Enhances the biodiversity :
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Provide oxygen :
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Purify the air :
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Filter the water :
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Prevents flooding :
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Stores carbon :
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Softens the climate :
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Limits soil erosion :
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Does good, heals :
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Illustrated botany © Wikimedia Commons

Features and characters of the individual

If this hornbeam had been trimmed as hedge from a very young age, Rue du Buisson might have been called after this instead. But here we have an isolated tree, that forms a forest all by itself. Its silhouette fills the whole space between two 6-storey buildings, with its top brushing with their roofs. Its foliage is home to an array of life that animates the neighbourhood. If you closely observe its trunk, you will see something strange in its appearance: its bark has gradually covered the wrought iron railing. Smiling upon all who walk beneath it, this hornbeam is what gives the street its charme.