Pseudotsuga macrocarpa at Cathays Cemetery

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
late August 2021

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa with cones
early October 2021

Grid reference ST 17996 78684
Common name Big-cone Douglas fir
Origin South California
Deciduous No
Map section R
Height 15M August 2021
Reference 762

This tree is at a path junction approximately 100 metres south of the Bishop's tomb. There is an iron cross, labelled "920", immediately to the east of it.

In August 2021, three new cones measured 10.5cm, 10cm and 5cm and a single old, open, brown cone was 9.5cm long and 4cm in diameter. The needles are slightly pointed but not stiff or sharp. They are 25 to 35mm long; are arranged around the shoot but less dense underneath; and have two white bands on the underside. The individual needles are flat and do not roll between the fingers.

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa cones
late August 2021

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa cone
late August 2021

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa leaves & spent flowers
late August 2021

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa shoots
late August 2021

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Pseudotsuga macrocarpa cone
early january 2022

General tree description

Pseudotsuga macrocarpa is a medium to large tree, up to around 24 metres tall, with a broadly conical shape and thick, corky bark. Its leaves (needles) are blue or grey-green and arranged in two ranks along the branchlets. They are usually between 3 and 5cm long, curving inwards and pointed. The (large) cones are up to 18cm long but are rarely produced in Britain.