|Grid reference||ST 17725 84453|
|Common name||Grand fir|
|Common name||Giant fir|
|Origin||West North America|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Height||51M late January 2017|
|Girth||387cm June 2015|
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.
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.