Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
54 deg 34.995N
5 deg 56.140W
There are only four true cedars (the Deodar, the Atlas Cedar, the Cedar of Lebanon
and the Cyprus Cedar) and they are all from the Old World. The deodar is from
the Western Himalayas. The tree shown here is on the north side of the main
entrance path from the Malone Road gate of the Botanic Gardens. The deodar can
usually be distinguished at a distance from the other cedars by the drooping
tips of the branches. The needles are arranged spirally on young twigs, but
most of the needles are held in bunches on very short stubby branches. This
arrangement is similar to the larches. Unlike the larches, the cedars are evergreen
not deciduous. The cones are produced in autumn and as with all the cedars, the cones break up and shed their seed
while still attached to the tree, rather than fall as a unit as pine cones do.
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2013. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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