|Grid reference||ST 17761 84460|
|Common name||Grecian fir|
|Common name||Greek fir|
|Origin||South Greece Mountains|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Girth||290cm July 2015|
|Tree died||January 2019|
This tree is in the upper park, just north of the summer house. Its foliage is sparse and at high level.
General tree description
Abies cephalonica is a large tree, typically growing to 25 to 35 metres tall, exceptionally 40 metres. It has a broad, spiky crown and dull grey bark, often deeply cracked. The leaves are needle-like, 2 to 3cm long, glossy dark green above, with two blue-white bands beneath. This tree tends to come into leaf early in spring, and so is vulnerable to frost damage, contributing to its untidy shape with spreading forked branches. The cones are 12 to 16cm long and 4cm broad. When mature they disintegrate to release winged seeds.