Trees at Cathays Cemetery

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, Pines, Spruces, Yews and Red cedars. Subsequently native deciduous trees were added including Oaks, Beeches and Sycamores.[1] This is the present day southern half of the cemetery. Here there are Pines, Spruces, Yews, Evergreen oaks, Birches, Beeches, Ashes, Cypresses and Hollies, as well as Hawthorns, Magnolias, and ornamental Cherries and Crab apples. The main paths in the central part are lined with mature Austrian pines. Significant individual trees include the Cedar of Lebanon behind the chapels and the Harold Hillier lime at the Fairoak Road entrance.The southern-most section bordering Fairoak Road between the main (chapels) entrance and Cathays Library has new planting from the 1990s, including a substantial number of champion and rare trees.

The northern half of the cemetery, separated from the southern by Eastern Avenue, has a separate entrance off Allensbank Road and was developed during the early twentieth century. The tree collection here includes Hornbeams, Austrian pines, Redwoods, Beeches and some old Cherry trees.

Cathays Cemetery is managed by Cardiff Bereavement Services part of the City of Cardiff Council.

The following notable trees are all in the southern part of Cathays Cemetery. Some additional trees, often further examples of the same species, can be found on a supplementary page.

Name Common Name Origin Status Location   OS Grid Map ref Place Event
Abies cilicica Cilician fir South Turkey, NW Syria, Lebanon Rare Wales Champion 2021 North west ST 18001 78846 C Cathays Cemetery  
Abies nordmanniana #1 Caucasian fir W. Caucasus, N Turkey   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18365 78840 L Cathays Cemetery  
Abies nordmanniana #2 Caucasian fir W. Caucasus, N Turkey   North west ST17994 78855 C Cathays Cemetery  
Abies procera Noble fir West USA   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18359 78836 L Cathays Cemetery  
Acer campestre Field maple Europe & West Asia   Beside the Fairoak Road boundary ST 18121 78434 U Cathays Cemetery  
Acer capillipes #1 Red snake-bark maple Japan   South west of chapels ST 18110 78583 N Cathays Cemetery  
Acer capillipes #2 Red snake-bark maple Japan   Towards the south end ST 18095 78508 T Cathays Cemetery  
Acer cappadocicum subsp. lobelii Lobel's maple South Italy   Towards the south end ST 18091 78494 T Cathays Cemetery  
Acer circinatum Vine maple East North America Rare Towards the south end ST 18087 78500 T Cathays Cemetery  
Acer pseudoplatanus Sycamore Central Europe & southwestern Asia   North west ST 17992 78763 D Cathays Cemetery  
Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset' Red maple Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end ST 18118 78527 T Cathays Cemetery  
Ailanthus altissima Tree of heaven North China   Towards the south end ST 18083 78521 T Cathays Cemetery  
Alnus incana 'Laciniata' Cut leaf grey alder Garden origin Rare South end ST 18019 78383 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Amelanchier 'Ballerina' Snowy mespilus Garden origin   South end ST 18053 78350 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Betula 'Fetisowii' #1 Central Asian hybrid birch Central Asia GB Champion 2021 South end, opposite Robert St. ST 18071 78353 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Betula 'Fetisowii' #2 Central Asian hybrid birch Central Asia Wales Champion 2021 South end, level with Robert Street ST 18056 78355 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Betula pendula Silver birch Europe & N. Asia   Immediately south of the chapels ST 18231 78612 M Cathays Cemetery  
Betula szechuanica Sichuan birch China Rare Towards the south end ST 18085 78441 V Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa bignonioides Indian bean tree East USA   Towards the south end, central ST 18041 78473 W Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa bungei Duclouxii Group Chinese catalpa China Wales Champion 2020 Towards the south end ST 18044 78486 W Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group Farges' catalpa China Rare Glamorgan Champion 2018 Beside Fairoak Road railings ST 18076 78343 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' #1 Purple hybrid bean tree Garden origin Rare Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18149 78484 U Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea' #2 Purple hybrid bean tree Garden origin Rare Towards the south end ST 18062 78470 W Cathays Cemetery  
Cedrus atlantica Atlas cedar North Africa   North end, 20M from the railway line ST 18387 78729 L Cathays Cemetery  
Cedrus libani Cedar of Lebanon Asia Minor and Syria   Immediately behind the chapels ST 18243 78634 - Cathays Cemetery  
Cercidiphyllum japonicum #1 Katsura; Japan   Towards the south end ST 18021 78456 W Cathays Cemetery  
Cercidiphyllum japonicum #2 Karsura Japan   Towards the south end ST 18017 78465 W Cathays Cemetery  
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Lawson cypress West USA   Immediately NE of chapels ST 18304 78656 L Cathays Cemetery  
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Erecta Viridis' Lawson's cypress 'Erecta Viridis' Garden origin   South end ST 17976 78384 S Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus mollis #1 Red haw East North America Rare South end ST 18034 78358 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus mollis #2 Red haw East North America Rare Wales Champion 2021 South end ST 18041 78369 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus monogyna #1 Common hawthorn Europe   60M north east of chapels ST 18278 78697 L Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus monogyna #2 Common hawthorn Europe   North east of chapels ST 18300 78747 L Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus persimilis 'Prunifolia' Cherry leaved hawthorn East north America   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18359 78812 L Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus phaenopyrum Washington thorn South east USA Wales Champion 2020 Towards the south end ST 18107 78534 T Cathays Cemetery  
Cryptomeria japonica Japanese red cedar Japan   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18378 78791 L Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica Common beech Europe   South west of chapels ST 18111 78645 Q Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' Fern-leaved beech Garden origin   145M west of the chapels ST 18105 78586 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck' Dawyck beech Garden origin   Towards the south end ST 18122 78535 T Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold' Beech 'Dawyck Gold' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 South west of the chapels ST 18200 78596 M Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' #1 Beech 'Dawyck Purple' Garden origin   South west of the chapels ST 18124 78596 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple' #2 Beech 'Dawyck Purple' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 South west of chapels ST 18099 78627 Q Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Luteovariegata' Variegated European beech Garden origin Very rare Glamorgan Champion 2021 South west of the chapels ST 18135 78577 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula' Weeping beech Garden origin   South west of the chapels ST 18153 78563 M Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea Tricolor' Variegated purple beech Garden origin;   South west of the chapels ST 18177 78606 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Riversii' Rivers purple beech Garden origin   South west of the chapels ST 18159 78556 M Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Rotundifolia' Small-leaved beech Garden origin Rare South west of the chapels ST 18136 78609 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Tortuosa Purpurea' Contorted purple European beech Garden origin GB Champion 2021 South west of the chapels ST 18096 78646 Q Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Zlatia' Golden beech Garden origin Rare South west of the chapels ST 18122 78633 Q Cathays Cemetery  
Fraxinus americana 'Autumn Purple' White ash Garden origin   Towards the south end ST 18082 78511 T Cathays Cemetery  
Laburnum anagyroides Common Laburnum Europe   Towards the south end, central ST 18054 78488 W Cathays Cemetery  
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Lane Roberts' #1 Sweet gum 'Lane Roberts' Garden origin   Beside Fairoak Road railings ST 18138 78443 U Cathays Cemetery  
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Lane Roberts' #2 Sweet gum 'Lane Roberts' Garden origin   Towards the south end, central ST 18034 78480 W Cathays Cemetery  
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip tree East North America   100M north east of chapels ST 18294 78729 L Cathays Cemetery  
Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum' Tulip tree 'Aureomarginatum' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south, near Fairoak Road ST 18169 78513 M Cathays Cemetery  
Liriodendron tulipifera 'Fastigiatum' Tulip tree 'Fastigiatum' Garden origin   Against the Fairoak Road railings. ST 18128 78435 V Cathays Cemetery  
Magnolia x soulangeana Saucer magnolia Garden origin Glamorgan Champion 2020 100M north east of chapels ST 18288 78734 L Cathays Cemetery  
Malus hupehensis #1 Hupeh crab China   Towards the south end, central ST 18070 78500 T Cathays Cemetery  
Malus prunifolia Plum-leaved crab N.E. Asia Rather rare South end ST 18007 78374 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Red Sentinel crab Garden origin   Towards the south end ST 18074 78411 V Cathays Cemetery  
Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' Tupelo Garden origin Rather rare Beside Fairoak Road railings ST 18132 78441 U Cathays Cemetery  
Paulownia tomentosa 'Lilacina' Foxglove tree West China Rather rare South end ST 18006 78435 W Cathays Cemetery  
Picea jezoensis subsp. hondoensis Hondo spruce Japan   Approx. 115M south of Bishop's tomb. ST 18017 78675 R Cathays Cemetery  
Picea omorika #1 Serbian spruce Serbia   Towards the south end ST 18082 78551 T Cathays Cemetery  
Picea omorika #2 Serbian spruce Serbia   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18359 78828 L Cathays Cemetery  
Picea pungens 'Glauca'† #1 Blue Colorado spruce West USA   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18362 78823 L Cathays Cemetery  
Picea pungens 'Glauca'† #2 Blue Colorado spruce West USA   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18360 78863 L Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus muricata Bishop pine California & NW Mexico   North west corner ST 17968 78919 A Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus nigra austriaca #1 Austrian pine Austria, Italy, Balkans   North west corner ST 18052 78848 C Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus nigra austriaca #2 Austrian pine Austria, Italy, Balkans Glamorgan Champion 2020 Central, NW of chapels ST 18093 78674 P Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus nigra subsp. salzmannii† Pyrenean pine Pyrenees, Iberia, N. Africa   South end near Cathays Library ST 17999 78333 S Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus pinaster Maritime pine Mediterranean region Wales Champion 2021 Allensbank Rd, opposite Llanishen St. ST 17941 78768 R Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus sylvestris 'Aurea' Golden Scots pine Garden origin Rare Wales Champion 2020 Towards the south end ST 18071 78561 T Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus wallichiana Bhutan pine Himalayas   Towards the south end ST 18088 78570 T Cathays Cemetery  
Platanus orientalis 'Digitata' Oriental plane Garden origin   South end near Whitchurch Road boundary ST 18007 78292 S Cathays Cemetery  
Platanus x hispanica 'Suttneri' Variegated plane Garden origin Very rare Towards the south end, central ST 18026 78478 W Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Benden' #1 Cherry 'Benden' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end, at path junction ST 18091 78479 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Benden' #2 Cherry 'Benden' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end, at path junction ST 18087 78474 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus cerasifera #1 Plum cherry Garden origin   Towards the south end ST 18084 78463 V Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus cerasifera #2 Plum cherry Garden origin   Towards the south end ST 18075 78464 V Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus cerasus Sour cherry SE Europe, SW Asia GB Champion 2021 Towards the south end, at path junction ST 18069 78490 W Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Fudan-zakura' Cherry 'Fudan-zakura' Garden origin GB Champion 2021 Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18107 78457 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Geraldinae' #1 Cherry 'Geraldinae' Garden origin   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18141 78462 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Geraldinae' #2 Cherry 'Geraldinae' Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18134 78456 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Hokusai' Cherry 'Hokusai' Garden origin Becoming rare Towards the south end, at path junction ST 18141 78520 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus jamasakura Hill cherry Japan Rather rare Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18159 78483 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Kanzan' #1 Cherry 'Kanzan' Garden origin   South end ST 18051 78387 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Kanzan' #2 Cherry 'Kanzan' Garden origin   Towards the south, roughly central ST 18051 78540 T Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Ojochin' Cherry 'Ojochin' Garden origin   Against the Whitchurch Road boundary wall. ST 17979 78338 S Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Okame' Cherry 'Okame' Garden origin   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18167 78486 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus padus 'Watereri' Bird cherry Europe   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18136 78471 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus sargentii Sargent's cherry Japan & Korea   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18121 78453 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus sargentii 'Columnaris' Columnar Sargent Cherry Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18132 78463 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Shibayama' Cherry 'Shibayama' Garden origin Rare Wales Champion 2021 Right of main entrance, Fairoak Road ST 18289 78629 - Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Shirofugen' #1 Cherry 'Shirofugen' Garden origin   Towards the south end, at path junction ST 18138 78523 T Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Shirofugen' #2 Cherry 'Shirofugen' Garden origin   Towards the south end, roughly central, at a path junction ST 18087 78602 T Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' Cherry 'Sunset Boulevard' South Japan Rather rare Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18117 78467 U Cathays Cemetery  
Prunus x schmittii Schmitt's cherry Garden origin   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18107 78460 U Cathays Cemetery  
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa Big-cone Douglas fir South California   At path junction approx. 100M south of Bishop's tomb ST 17996 78684 R Cathays Cemetery  
Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' Callery pear Garden origin   South end, 20M from Library entrance ST 18039 78309 S Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus castaneifolia 'Green spire' Chestnut leaved oak Garden origin Wales Champion 2021 Towards the south, near Fairoak Road ST 18177 78500 M Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus frainetto Hungarian oak South east Europe and Turkey Wales Champion 2021 South end ST 18043 78329 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus ilex Holm oak Mediterranean   North west of the chapels ST 18201 78673 O Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus macranthera Caucasian oak Caucasus Rather rare Towards the south end, roughly central ST 18097 78544 T Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus phellos Willow oak  East USA Rather rare South end ST 18044 78387 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus robur Common oak Europe   Against Fairoak Road railings opp. Library Court ST 18123 78416 V Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus robur Fastigiata Group Cypress oak Europe   Beside main path south from chapels ST 18193 58559 M Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus rubra Red oak East North America   South end near Whitchurch Road boundary ST 17986 78349 S Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus x schochiana #1 Schoch oak South east USA Rare Towards the south end, central ST 18050 78467 W Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus x schochiana #2 Schoch oak South east USA Rare At path junction between map sections W & S ST 18011 78474 W Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus x turneri 'Pseudoturneri' Turner's oak Garden origin   Towards the south, near Fairoak Road ST 18179 78509 M Cathays Cemetery  
Salix babylonica var. pekinensis 'Tortuosa' Corkscrew willow North China & Japan   North west end ST 18160 78916 A Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus americana #1 American rowan North America Rare Towards south end ST 18088 78433 V Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus americana #2 American rowan North America Rare Towards south end ST 18103 78413 V Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus aucuparia #1 Mountain ash Europe, N. Africa, Asia Minor   South end, Fairoak Road side ST 18065 78367 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus aucuparia #2 Mountain ash Europe, N. Africa, Asia Minor   South end, opposite Robert Street ST 18081 78368 V Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus 'Golden Wonder' Mountain ash 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' Garden origin   Towards the south, opposite G & J Motors ST 18087 78401 V Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus sargentiana Sargent's rowan West China   Towards south end ST 18079 78439 V Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus scalaris #1 Ladder-leaf rowan West China Rare South end, opposite Robert St. ST 18070 78359 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Sorbus scalaris #2 Ladder-leaf rowan West China Rare Glamorgan Champion 2021 South end, opposite Robert St. ST 18065 78348 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Taxus baccata #1 Yew Europe, W. Asia, N.Africa   Right of main entrance off Fairoak Road ST 18286 78611 - Cathays Cemetery  
Taxus baccata #2 Yew Europe, W. Asia, N.Africa   Path junction north of chapels ST 18244 78723 J Cathays Cemetery  
Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist' White cedar 'Sunkist' Garden origin   Centre tree of three by the Fairoak Road railings ST 18166 78482 M Cathays Cemetery  
Thuja plicata #1 Western red cedar West N. America   Beside curving path, section P north ST 18111 78762 P Cathays Cemetery  
Thuja plicata #2 Western red cedar West N. America   North east boundary near railway line ST 18383 78804 L Cathays Cemetery  
Thuja plicata 'Zebrina' Western red cedar 'Zebrina' Garden origin   West, towards Allensbank Road ST 17978 78539 R Cathays Cemetery  
Tilia platyphyllos #1 Broad leaved lime Europe   Towards the south end ST 18097 78532 T Cathays Cemetery  
Tilia platyphyllos #2 Broad leaved lime Europe   Towards the south end, near Fairoak Road ST 18133 78475 U Cathays Cemetery  
Tilia tomentosa #1 Silver lime South & East Europe   Towards the south end ST 18062 78510 T Cathays Cemetery  
Zelkova carpinifolia Caucasian elm Caucasus Rather rare Towards the south end ST 18074 78539 T Cathays Cemetery  

The table above gives map references for the locations of these trees. The maps are available on the Cathays Cemetery history page and also as an Acrobat pdf.

Sources of information

  1. Cathays Cemetery Cardiff on its 150th aniversary, published by Friends of Cathays Cemetery [2009] ISBN 978 0 9562786 09