Cathays Cemetery has a substantial tree collection, including some mature specimens probably planted in the 19th century. The Cemetery opened in 1859 and planting began in the early 1860s with purchases of Hawthorns to form boundaries, followed by Firs, Spruces, Yews and Red cedars. Subsequently native deciduous trees were added including Oaks, Beeches and Sycamores.
The section of the cemetery bordering Fairoak Road between the main (chapels) entrance and Cathays Library has much new planting from the 1990s.
In the present day cemetery there are Pines, Spruces, Yews, Evergreen oaks, Birches, Beeches, Ashes, Cypresses and Hollies, as well as Hawthorns, Magnolias, and ornamental Cherries and Crab apples. Significant individual trees include the Cedar of Lebanon behind the chapels and the Monkey puzzle at the Fairoak Road entrance.
|Name||Common Name||Origin||Status||Location||OS Grid||Tag||Place||Event|
|Abies procera†||Noble fir||West USA||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18365 78840||Cathays Cemetery|
|Catalpa fargesii||Farges' catalpa||China||Rare||Beside Fairoak Road railings||ST 18076 78343||Cathays Cemetery|
|Cedrus libani||Cedar of Lebanon||Asia Minor and Syria||Immediately behind the chapels||ST 18243 78634||Cathays Cemetery|
|Crataegus spp #1||Thorn||Approx. 100M NE of the chapels||ST 18318 78677||Cathays Cemetery|
|Crataegus spp #2||Thorn||60M north east of chapels||ST 18278 78697||Cathays Cemetery|
|Crataegus spp #3||Thorn||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18359 78812||Cathays Cemetery|
|Cryptomeria japonica||Japanese red cedar||Japan||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18378 78791||Cathays Cemetery|
|Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia'||Fern-leaved beech||Garden origin||145M west of the chapels||ST 18105 78586||Cathays Cemetery|
|Fagus sylvatica 'Rotundifolia'||Small-leaved beech||Garden origin||Rare||To the west of the chapels||ST 18136 78609||Cathays Cemetery|
|Liriodendron tulipifera||Tulip tree||East North America||100M north east of chapels||ST 18294 78729||Cathays Cemetery|
|Magnolia × soulangeana||Saucer magnolia||Garden origin||100M north east of chapels||ST 18288 78734||Cathays Cemetery|
|Picea pungens 'Glauca'† #1||Blue Colorado spruce||West USA||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18362 78823||Cathays Cemetery|
|Picea pungens 'Glauca'† #2||Blue Colorado spruce||West USA||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18360 78863||Cathays Cemetery|
|Picea pungens 'Koster'†||Colorado spruce 'Koster'||Garden origin||North east of chapels near railway line||ST 18359 78828||Cathays Cemetery|
|Tilia 'Harold Hillier'||Harold Hillier hybrid lime||Garden origin||Fairoak Road entrance, near Nonconformist chapel||ST 18243 78595||Cathays Cemetery|
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