Quai AA (Ecluse) / Aakaai Anderlecht
GPS coordinates :
50.8194 , 4.3022
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Salix x sepulcralis
French name :
Saule pleureur
Dutch name :
English name :
Golden weeping willow
Family :
Height :
12 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 25 m
Diameter of the crown :
12 m
Trunk circumference :
386 cm
Expected circumference :
400 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 80 years
Origin / Indigenous
Favorite soil :
Loves damp and rich soils
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. <> Camus, Atlas de la monographie des saules, pl. 22, 1904.

Features and characters of the individual

Like the willow at the Molenbeek lock, this weeping willow stands straight like a lighthouse. It watches over the Anderlecht lock and the canal lock keeper’s house. The weeping willow is known for its role in protecting banks of waterways, because its creeping roots prevent soil being eroded by the water. Is it the guardian of the lock keepers in Brussels as well? Who knows! Anyway, this one is doing particularly well between the Brussels–Charleroi canal and a small open air arm of the Senne river. Capable of exploring soil over long distances, its creeping roots have undoubtably found something on both sides to satisfy its great thirst.