Adress
Jardin Botanique Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode
GPS coordinates :
50.8548 , 4.3621
Scientific inventory

Identity

Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Ginkgo biloba
French name :
Ginkgo biloba
Dutch name :
Japanse notenboom
English name :
Maidenhair tree
Family :
Ginkgoaceae
Height :
23 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 30 m
Diameter of the crown :
9 m
Trunk circumference :
276 m
Expected circumference :
500 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for more than 1000 years
Origin / Indigenous
Asia, south-west China
Favorite soil :
All
Favorite climate
Rather hot, humid to temperate, but acclimatising to the Belgian 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 :
+++
Collection of the Belgian State, permanent loan to the Meise Botanic Garden: Von Siebold, Flora Japonica, pl. 136

Features and characters of the individual

This tree was probably planted at the end of the 19th century. It has survived all the upheavals of the Botanical Garden, and has witnessed the works of the North–Mid junction, which took a slice out of the park in the ‘30s and ‘40s. It also witnessed the construction of the small ring road. The tree resisted the successive construction and planning that profoundly changed the area around it. It is still standing and surely isn’t going away anytime soon; its ancient genes have given this species the name of “living fossil”, after all!

Photo: Priscille Cazin - Zerolutions / 32shoot asbl
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