|Grid reference||ST 18602 78992|
|Common name||Grecian fir|
|Common name||Greek fir|
|Origin||South Greece Mountains|
|Status||Glamorgan Champion 2013|
|Height||25M February 2016|
|Girth||298cm February 2016|
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.
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.