Usefulness and services of the tree :
Features and characters of the individual
This duo of London plane trees with leaves like sycamore maples keep watch behind the Abbey de la Cambre buildings. They have grown in an understated but determined way, sheltered by the high stone walls of l’lnstitut Géographique National. Their crowns form a huge canopy over a rectangular lawn, held up by only two large trunks – like two columns. It creates an intimate space that can be reached by a small entrance carved in a high hedge. Here, in summer, walkers settle at the foot of the trunks to enjoy the shade and tranquillity provided by their thick foliage. The leaves both filter and reflect the sun’s rays. By evening, these two plane trees provide a strange golden light that illuminates the stone walls and trunks with a golden glow, like the one enveloping the walls of Jerusalem.