Adress
Jean Massart Botanical Garden
GPS coordinates :
50.8141 , 4.4388
Scientific inventory
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Identity

Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Betula pendula
French name :
Bouleau verruqueux
Dutch name :
Ruwe berk
English name :
Common silver birch
Family :
Betulaceae
Height :
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 15–30 m
Diameter of the crown :
Trunk circumference :
175 cm
Expected circumference :
300 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 100–200 years
Origin / Indigenous
Europe and Anatolia
Favorite soil :
All soils, aerated, not densely compacted
Favorite climate
Temperate, copes well (enjoys) big chills

Usefulness and services of the tree :

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

Features and characters of the individual

This tree is part of the Arboretum tree collection at the Massart Experimental Botanical Garden, which deals with rare exotic species, as well as trees from closer to home. The tree grows at the edge of the flower bed, dedicated to medicinal and aromatic plants. It has nothing to be jealous of. Birches, the trees of wisdom, have long been of service to humans. The Massart garden workers know this and take care of it, paying particular attention to its needs. They placed the plot very close to it – on stilts – so as not to crush its creeping roots. Let’s hope the new generation of gardeners and managers respect it too.

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Photos: Priscille Cazin (Zerolutions/32shoot asbl)
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