Av. Guillaume Gilbert Ixelles
GPS coordinates :
50.8109 , 4.3888
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Ulmus minor
French name :
Orme champêtre
Dutch name :
Gladde iep
English name :
Field elm
Family :
Height :
22 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 45 m
Diameter of the crown :
12 m
Trunk circumference :
250 cm
Expected circumference :
300 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 400–500 years
Origin / Indigenous
Western, central and southern Europe, Algeria
Favorite soil :
clay-like, fresh, fertile
Favorite climate
Cool to warm temperate

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 Federal State on permanent loan to the Meise Botanical Garden: Zorn, Icones plantarum medicinalium, pl. 426, 1784

Features and characters of the individual

Only three field elms are still on the list of remarkable trees in Brussels. This one in particular is one of the few survivors of Dutch elm disease. This disease attacks these large elms almost systematically. It is on the brink of wiping out the species within Europe. This is how this tree has become a real rarity, and why it really should be enjoyed! It is a spectacular size. Squashed between a chestnut and a beech tree, it has had to fight to get above the other two for some light. It has unveiled a majestic and dense crown. The residents on the 8th floor of the neighbouring building have a view of the top of its crown.