Jules Lahaye street Jette
GPS coordinates :
50.8786 , 4.3373
Contributors :


Latin name :
Pyrus comunis
French name :
Dutch name :
English name :
Pear tree
Family :
Height :
15 m (approx.)
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 10–12 m
Diameter of the crown :
9 m
Trunk circumference :
Expected circumference :
200 cm
Expected longevity :
Origin / Indigenous
Europe, Western Asia
Favorite soil :
Clayey and rich soil
Favorite climate
Temperate, sunny

Features and characters of the individual

This venerable pear tree stands 15m high inside an islet, between the streets of La Bravoure and Jules Lahaye in Jette, at the very bottom of a long garden. In 1974, when we moved into the neighbourhood, he was already an adult and as tall as he is today! He must have a good century, the age of the house in whose garden he is planted. As a child, I admired him from my bedroom window, where he closed the horizon with a gigantic moss of white flowers in the spring. In summer, its imposing stature completely masks the rear facades of a series of houses on Rue de la Bravoure. It's a small forest alone! In autumn, we can distinguish the thousands of pears it wears valiantly and in winter we can guess the massive and perfectly vertical silhouette of its enormous trunk. The crows love it because from its top they can observe all the gardens of the district. Around 1995, he lost a twin brother, also a gigantic one, who was cut down by the owner of another garden in the neighbourhood.... Today, he is the last and proud survivor of what was probably an old orchard.