Cité Modèle's gardens Brussels (Laeken)
GPS coordinates :
50.8965 , 4.3250


Category :
Arbre remarquable
Latin name :
Salix x sepulcralis
French name :
Saule pleureur
Dutch name :
English name :
Golden weeping willow
Family :
Height :
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 25 m
Diameter of the crown :
Trunk circumference :
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

Residents of the Cité Modèle in Laeken planted a series of trees in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Nowadays this tree is on friendly terms with the buildings, whilst other neighbouring trees vie to surpass the rooftops. Its magnificent crown, adorned with supple branches that sway in the slightest breeze, contrasts with the geometric lines of the city buildings and its gardens. This golden weeping willow is visible amongst the urban landscape. Especially in the spring when it brings an animated, golden touch to the urban landscape, this tree is far from being sad (even if it is “weeping”).

Photos: Priscille Cazin -
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