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Monumental trees in the Sonian Forest in Hoeilaart

Here 27 trees are described in the Sonian Forest in Hoeilaart.

The Sonian Forest (Dutch: Zoniënwoud, French: Forêt de Soignes) is a 4,421-hectare (10,920-acre) forest that lies across the south-eastern part of city of Brussels.


The forest is part of the scattered remains of the ancient Charcoal Forest. The first mention of the Sonian Forest (Soniaca Silva) dates from the early Middle Ages.

The forest reserve Kersselaerspleyn was planted with beech in 1777 after being clearcut. Since 1983 it is left without forest management, it is a forest reserve since 1995. Since 2005 the reserve is enlarged to over 200 ha.
The old core reserve has nearly only beech, in the newer parts of the reserve there are also many large oaks.

The trees

Schone eik:

Specimen Girth Height
Schone Eik (pedunculate oak "1861") 4.54 m @ 1.50 m 41.60 m
European larch (Larix decidua) "4010" 3.40 m @ 1.30 m 37.20 m

Kersselaerspleyn:

Specimen Girth Height
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "4017" 4.97 m @ 1.50 m 45.65 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1867" 4.58 m @ 1.50 m ?
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1905" 4.56 m @ 1.50 m~ 43.00 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1902" 4.40 m @ 1.30 m 43.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "2034" 4.25 m @ 1.50 m 45.60 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1862" 4.02 m @ 1.50 m 45.00 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1908" 4.02 m @ 1.50 m 45.30 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1906" 3.94 m @ 1.50 m~ 42.60 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1904" 3.86 m @ 1.30 m 42.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "2038" 3.85 m @ 1.50 m ?
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "6766" 3.57 m @ 1.50 m 47.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "2037" 3.55 m @ 1.50 m ?
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1903" 3.25 m @ 1.30 m 44.80 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1907" 3.22 m @ 1.50 m 45.40 m
Grand fir (Abies grandis) "6965" 2.98 m @ 1.50 m 40.20 m
Grand fir (Abies grandis) "6767" 2.62 m @ 1.50 m 44.40 m
Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) "6966" 2.50 m @ 1.50 m 42.40 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1900" ? 42.40 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1901" ? 44.00 m

Palissadepad:

Specimen Girth Height
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "1992" 4.46 m @ 1.50 m ?
Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) "1993" 3.76 m @ 1.50 m ?

Drie Fonteinen:

Specimen Girth Height
Norway maple (Acer platanoides) "4035"~ 2.00 m @ 1.30 m 32.60 m

Oude Renbaan:

Specimen Girth Height
Technobeuk (European beech "4048") ? 42.80 m

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Schone Eik (pedunculate oak "1861")

Sonian Forest, picture by Marc Meyer, 2010-10-25

Sonian Forest, picture by Jeroen Philippona

Sonian Forest, picture by Han van Meegeren

Sonian Forest, picture by Marc Meyer, 2010-10-25

Sonian Forest, picture by Marc Meyer

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