Quercus robur Fastigiata Group at Cathays Cemetery

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group 0

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group
late April 2021

Grid reference ST 18193 58559
Common name Cypress oak
Alternative name Quercus robur f. fastigiata
Origin Europe
Deciduous Yes
Map section M
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 15M February 2021
Girth 99cm February 2021
Reference 634

This tree is unmistakable beside the main path which heads south from the chapels. It is approximately 70M from the chapels.

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group bark

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group bark
early February 2021

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group buds

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group buds
early February 2021

General tree description for Quercus robur Fastigiata Group

Quercus robur Fastigiata Group is a natural variant of the Common oak, Quercus robur. It was first observed in Central Europe in the mid 18th century and subsequently propagated by grafting. It is a large, columnar tree up to 30M tall, with steeply rising, twisting branches and dense shoots. The shape is cypress-like and also similar to the Lombardy poplar. The leaves are dark green above and blue-green beneath. Their autumn colour is is copper-brown and they persist into winter.

General tree description for Quercus robur

Quercus robur is a large deciduous tree with a wide spreading crown. In maturity it can reach a height of 20 to 40 metres, and a girth of over 4 metres, exceptionally 12 metres. It has a long lifespan and commonly lives to several hundred years old. There are examples of Quercus robur reaching ages of more than a thousand years. The leaves are around 10cm long with 4-5 deep lobes with smooth edges, and they have very short stalks. Flowering occurs in mid spring, and the fruits, in the form of acorns, ripen in autumn. They come singly or in groups of up to three in cups on a slender stalk.