Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' at Cathays Cemetery

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Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'
mid September 2020

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Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'
early November 2020

Grid reference ST 18105 78586
Common name Fern-leaved beech
Common name Cut-leaved beech
Alternative name Fagus sylvatica 'Heterophylla'
Alternative name Fagus sylvatica 'Linearifolia'
Alternative name Fagus sylvatica var. heterophylla 'Aspleniifolia'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Map section N
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 3.5M September 2020
Girth 70cm @ 0.1M September 2020
Reference 597

This tree is about 145M west of the chapels.

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' leaf1

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' leaf
mid September 2020

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' leaf2

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' leaf
mid September 2020

General tree description for Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'

Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' is a cultivar of the Common beech, Fagus sylvatica. It is a medium sized tree, up to 20+ metres tall, with a rounded crown and the smooth, grey bark characteristic of the species. The leaves are fern-like, relatively narrow, and varying between deeply cut and almost linear, particularly at the ends of new growth. A variety of leaf shapes may exist on the same branch. There are insignificant flowers followed by typical beechnuts.

General tree description for Fagus sylvatica

Fagus sylvatica, the Common or European beech, is a large tree, up to 40 metres tall, with smooth, silver-grey bark. Typically it has a long straight trunk supporting a huge dome and dense foliage. The leaves are up to 10cm long, oval or obovate, with a wavy margin and small irregular teeth. They emerge fresh green, becoming darker and shiny above, pale and shiny underneath, and in autumn turning a golden copper colour. Yellow-green flowers come with the leaves in early May. The male flowers are catkins, while the female flowers come in pairs of short spikes enclosed in a cup. They produce the beechnuts, small triangular nuts in spiky husks.