Abies cilicica at Cathays Cemetery

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Abies cilicica
mid August 2021

Grid reference ST 18001 78846
Common name Cilician fir
Origin South Turkey, North west Syria and Lebanon
Deciduous No
Status Rare
Status Wales Champion 2021
Map section C
Height 20M July 2021
Girth 266cm @ 1.8M August 2021
Reference 734

This tree is in the north west part of the cemetery, not far from the site of the Catholic Chapel. Around the tree a sweet fragrance is noticeable.

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Abies cilicica leaves
late July 2021

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Abies cilicica needle attachment
late July 2021

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Abies cilicica underside of leaves
late July 2021

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Abies cilicica base of needles
mid August 2021

General tree description

Abies cilicica is a large, narrow tree, up to 30 metres tall, with dark grey, smooth bark. The bark is deeply fissured on old trees, and there may be black rings around scars from fallen branches. The leaves are slender needles, 2 to 3.5cm long, bright green above and with two narrow greyish bands beneath. Seed cones are upright, cylindrical, 15 to 25cm long, and initially green but becoming reddish-brown in colour. Abies cilicica is rare in its native habitat as well as in Britain.