Pinus hartwegii at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Pinus hartwegii
February 2015

Grid reference ST 18579 79145
Common name Hartweg's pine
Origin Mexico
Deciduous No
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 16.5M February 2015
Girth 285cm February 2015
Reference 113

This tree is to be found east of brook, on the lawn south of the children's playground, the centre tree in a line of three tall pines beside the footpath. It was previously thought to be a Pinus montezumae (Montezuma pine) and is believed to be one of the original plantings, along with the Austrian and Corsican pines on either side of it.

Pinus hartwegii bark

Pinus hartwegii bark
July 2015

General tree description

Pinus hartwegii grows to 15 to 30 metres in height and when mature has a rounded or domed top. Its thick, dark grey-brown bark is scaly or fissured. The needle-like leaves are 10 to 20 cm long, shiny green, and in fascicles (clusters) of three, four or five. The cones are ovoid and black or dark purple. In their second autumn they grow to 7 to 17 cm long and open to 5-7 cm broad.

This tree is not common and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "very occasional", where occasional is defined as "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".