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 much new planting from the 1990s.

The northern half, separated from the southern by Eastern Avenue, has a searate 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.

The following notable trees are all in the southern half of Cathays Cemetery.

Name Common Name Origin Status Location   OS Grid Map ref Place Event
Abies nordmanniana Caucasian fir W. Caucasus, N Turkey   North east of chapels near railway line ST 18365 78840 L Cathays Cemetery  
Acer campestre Field maple Europe & West Asia   Beside the Fairoak Road boundary ST 18121 78434 U Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa bungei Fargesii Group Farges' catalpa China Rare Glamorgan Champion 2018 Beside Fairoak Road railings ST 18076 78343 Y Cathays Cemetery  
Catalpa bungei Duclouxii Group Chinese catalpa China Wales Champion 2020 Centre of southern section ST 18044 78486 W Cathays Cemetery  
Cedrus libani Cedar of Lebanon Asia Minor and Syria   Immediately behind the chapels ST 18243 78634   Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus monogyna #1 Common hawthorn Europe   Approx. 100M NE of the chapels ST 18318 78677 L Cathays Cemetery  
Crataegus monogyna #2 Common hawthorn Europe   60M north east of chapels ST 18278 78697 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 'Asplenifolia' Fern-leaved beech Garden origin   145M west of the chapels ST 18105 78586 N Cathays Cemetery  
Fagus sylvatica 'Rotundifolia' Small-leaved beech Garden origin Rare To the west of the chapels ST 18136 78609 N Cathays Cemetery  
Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip tree East North America   100M north east of chapels ST 18294 78729 L Cathays Cemetery  
Magnolia × soulangeana Saucer magnolia Garden origin Glamorgan Champion 2020 100M north east of chapels ST 18288 78734 L Cathays Cemetery  
Nyssa sylvatica Tupelo East North America Rather rare Beside Fairoak Road railings ST 18132 78441 U 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 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 E/P Cathays Cemetery  
Pinus sylvestris 'Aurea' Golden Scots pine Garden origin Rare Wales Champion 2020 Towards the south end ST 18071 78561 T Cathays Cemetery  
Quercus x schochiana Schoch oak South east USA Rare Towards centre of south section ST 18050 78467 W Cathays Cemetery  
Thuja spp       Section P ST 18111 78762 P Cathays Cemetery  
Tilia 'Harold Hillier' Harold Hillier hybrid lime Garden origin Wales Champion 2020 Fairoak Road entrance, near Nonconformist chapel ST 18243 78595 M 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