Abies cephalonica at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Abies cephalonica
late February 2016

Grid reference ST 18602 78992
Common name Grecian fir
Common name Greek fir
Origin South Greece Mountains
Deciduous No
Status Rather rare
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 25M February 2016
Girth 298cm February 2016
Reference 413

This tree is located at the south east end of the Botanic Garden where the path from the Rock Garden descends to join the main path.

This tree was originally shown on a 1947 chart of the Pinetum as Abies magnifica. However its foliage, bark and general shape indicate that it is Abies cephalonica.

Abies cephalonica bark

Abies cephalonica bark
February 2016

Abies cephalonica foliage

Abies cephalonica foliage
late February 2016

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.