Picea sitchensis at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Picea sitchensis
late April 2015

Grid reference ST 18605 78952
Common name Sitka spruce
Origin NW North America
Deciduous No
Marked on 1947 chart of Pinetum
Height 21M February 2016
Girth 210cm February 2016
Reference 414

This tree is mid way between the Conservatory Bridge and the fork of the main path to the Rock Gardens. It is in the border alongside Lake Road East.

Picea sitchensis bark

Picea sitchensis bark
February 2016

Picea sitchensis cone

Picea sitchensis cones
late February 2016

General tree description

Picea sitchensis is a very large, broadly conical tree, with specimens known to reach 60 metres tall. Its bark is scaly, varying in colour between purple-grey and silver-brown, and rough and fissured in old age. The leaves are 1 to 2cm long, glaucous-green needles, flat and pointed. The cones are short, up to 10cm long. They are pendulous and initially bright pink, then successively pale green, straw yellow and pale brown when mature.