Abies grandis at Parc Cefn Onn

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Abies grandis viewed from the picnic field
late June 2015

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Abies grandis
mid July 2015

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Abies grandis from the pool in the upper park
early January 2017

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Abies grandis the top seen from the path below
September 2019

Grid reference ST 17725 84453
Common name Grand fir
Common name Giant fir
Origin West North America
Deciduous No
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 51M late January 2017
Girth 387cm June 2015
Reference 233

This is probably the tallest tree in Cardiff. It is in the upper park, about 50M north of the summer house, on the east bank of the valley.

Abies grandis bark

Abies grandis bark
June 2015

General tree description

Abies grandis is a large and vigorous tree growing up to 40 to 70 metres tall, a narrow spire as a young tree but its top spreads out with age. Often it is the tallest tree in its area. Its bark is silvery- or purple-grey, becoming cracked with age. The leaves are needle-like, flattened, and 3 to 6cm long, spreading horizontally either side of the shoot. They are glossy dark green above, with two glaucous-grey bands underneath, and they are fragrant when crushed. The cones are barrel-shaped, 6 to 12cm long and standing upright on the twig.