|Grid reference||ST 18584 79120|
|Common name||Corsican pine|
|Alternative name||Pinus nigra subsp. laricio|
|Origin||Corsica, Southern Italy, Sicily|
|Height||26M March 2015|
|Girth||294cm March 2015|
This tall tree is south east of the second bridge to cross the brook downstream from the promenade. (The much smaller light green tree is a young Pinus montezumae planted in 2004/5.)
The Pinus nigra maritima is thought to be part of the original planting of the Botanic Garden, and was included under its alternative name ("Pinus larico"), in W. W. Pettigrew's article for the Cardiff Naturalists' Society (1894-5, volume XXVII part I, pages 52-62).
General tree description
Pinus nigra maritima is a large evergreen tree that can reach heights of 40 metres, and commonly has a single straight stem. It has an open crown and dark silvery grey bark with deep fissures. Its leaves are green or grey-green needles in pairs, slightly twisted and sbout 12 cm long. The cones are ovoid, pale brown, up to 7.5cm long.