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Arboretum News

Webmaster: Marc Meyer
B-3080 Tervuren


This web site will let you discover one of the jewels of the green crown of Brussels: The Geographic Arboretum of Tervuren.

Although this place is quite famous, hardly any information or documentation about it is available. I will try to fill this gap.

This is not an official web site and it is totally independent from any public institution. This independence means that I have been able to create a multilingual site as befits the national character of the Arboretum.

Enjoy your trip!

Arboretum of Tervuren: glade in the late of the afternoon.


The planning of the Geographical Arboretum began in 1902 under the aegis of Charles Bommer, curator of the National Botanical Garden of Meise, and professor at the Free University of Brussels.

For details about its location please check the Location and access page. The Arboretum is located in the "Kapbos" a beech forest planted between 1875 and 1880 at the Northeastern edge of the Sonian Forest.

It covers an area of approximately 100 hectares and includes some 460 different species of tree (of which 305 leafy trees and 155 conifers). The altitude varies between 80 and 115 meters above sea level. The average temperature is 9.7C and the average rainfall reaches 780mm a year.

The Arboretum features the most typical trees from the temperate climate zone of the Northern Hemisphere (with the exception of one group from the Andes).

New : you can download here a booklet with a list of tree species by group. I want to thank Pierre Hucorne for the making of this booklet (it was based on the catalogue of G.Liénard of 1986).

Aside from a general presentation of the park, this site will also endeavour to offer some specific pages devoted to a few species that exist in the Arboretum. For example, pages on the Sweetgum, the Giant Sequoia, the Coastal Redwood and the American and European Chestnuts are already available in the French or Dutch versions.

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Fall is the most beautiful season in the Arboretum: enjoy the slideshow.

The Arboretum is an area open to the public free of charge. It is permanently accessible from sunrise to sunset. Please treat this unique and fragile place with all the respect it is due...