Parc de Wolvendael Uccle / Ukkel
GPS coordinates :
50.7988 , 4.3432
Scientific inventory
Partner :
This tree has been added to the WoodWideWeb atlas by Urban Ecology Brussels


Latin name :
Castanea sativa
French name :
Dutch name :
Tamme kastanje
English name :
Sweet chestnut, Spanish chestnut
Family :
Height :
30 m
Targeted height :
This species can grow up to 25–35 m
Diameter of the crown :
20 m
Trunk circumference :
344 cm
Expected circumference :
900 cm
Expected longevity :
Can live for 1000 years
Origin / Indigenous
South-east Europe, Anatolia and North Africa
Favorite soil :
Loves humus-rich and well aerated soils
Favorite climate
Temperate and cool
Illustrated botany © Wikimedia Commons - Köhler's Medicinal Plants 1887

Features and characters of the individual

Urban Ecology Brussels has chosen to draw attention to a living being, not just a piece of the landscape. A choice that is not insignificant:

*"Perched upright at the crossroads of the alleys of the Wolvendael park, with huge branches going in different directions, this chestnut tree could make you think of a signpost. It would be forgetting that it also has a treasure of its own, too often forgotten: the chestnut. Unlike the walnut, the chestnut is edible. Delicious roasted, it would also be used to make flour in times of war when it was difficult to find wheat flour. Fruit trees are very rare in Brussels, and walkers who know the vein are delighted to see them. In Wolvendael Park, many chestnut trees are fenced off with cranks, which are often pushed aside by passers-by to pick up fallen chestnuts. It is moreover inspired by this informal use as a common good that the ARBRES project was launched, in order to make more common goods in Brussels bear fruit with trees.


For more information on the project ARBRES