Adress
Rue des Augustins 4 Brussels
GPS coordinates :
50.8514 , 4.3509
Scientific inventory
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Identity

Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Ulmus americana
French name :
Orme d’Amérique
Dutch name :
Amerikaanse iep
English name :
American elm
Family :
Ulmaceae
Height :
15 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 35 m
Diameter of the crown :
5 m
Trunk circumference :
169 cm
Expected circumference :
300 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 300 years in Belgium, 400–500 years in America
Origin / Indigenous
North America (central and eastern USA)
Favorite soil :
Deep, fresh, fertile
Favorite climate
Cool to warm temperate

Usefulness and services of the tree :

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

Features and characters of the individual

These two are the last two American elm trees in Brussels. In this concrete area, they form a small bouquet of harmonious greenery. Their crowns join, but spread out wide. However, if we look at these trees from Rue des Augustins, their silhouette looks lopsided. Everything is a little distorted in these elms, starting with the base of their leaf, which is completely asymmetrical. There is also something else that’s not quite right: it looks like they are only growing on one side. And indeed, these two elms appear to have lost a piece of the grove they form. If you pass by, admire them while they are still there!

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