Fagus sylvatica at Cathays Cemetery

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Fagus sylvatica
mid May 2021

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Fagus sylvatica
early November 2021

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Fagus sylvatica
mid November 2021

Grid reference ST 18111 78645
Common name Common beech
Origin Europe
Deciduous Yes
Map section Q
Height 10M June 2021
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 716

This tree is approximately 130 metres south west of the chapels.

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Fagus sylvatica leaves
mid May 2021

General tree description

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.