Parc des Etangs Anderlecht
GPS coordinates :
50.8262 , 4.2871
Scientific inventory


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Crataegus monogyna
French name :
Aubépine à un style ou Epine blanche
Dutch name :
Eenstijlige meidoorn
English name :
Common Hawthorn
Family :
Height :
8 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 15 m
Diameter of the crown :
6 m
Trunk circumference :
80 cm (139 cm at the base of the shrub)
Expected circumference :
200 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 700 years
Origin / Indigenous
Favorite soil :
Prefers loamy soil with clay
Favorite climate
Temperate and cool

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: Sowerby, English botany, pl. 480, 1873

Features and characters of the individual

This hawthorn grows quietly at the edge of the pond. It was once two twin trunks. They grew together and then separated, as one of them was cut. If it was used for firewood, it must have given off extraordinary heat. Hawthorn wood is very hard and very dense, so it fuels the hottest fires. Or perhaps the trunk was made into a walking stick and is wandering around Brussels somewhere. The remaining tree is still growing at the edge of the water. It needs a little more time before it can regain its vertical stance and before its crown can achieve some symmetry. It is slowly recovering from being separated from its twin.