Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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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.
Nothofagus antarctica
Antarctic beech

Tag -
54 deg 34.912N
5 deg 55.809W

The antarctic beech grows in South America from Chile to Cape Horn. It is said to grow further south than any other trees in the world. It is a very hardy small tree growing up to about 15m. The leaves with 4 pairs of veins are usually quite crinckly and are very shiny when newly opened in the Spring. The flowers, noticeable because of the prominent dangling anthers, are produced just as the leaves are expanding. The bark starts off smooth but becomes scaly with deep fissures. The young tree in Belfast Botanic Gardens is close to the boundary with the Botanic Primary School. It flowered well in 2011

Nothofagus antarctica in Belfast Botanic gardens

Nothofagus antarctica leaves

Yound artarctic beech in Belfast Botanic Gardens Leaf of antarctic beech

Nothofagus antarctica flowers

Nothofagus antarctica bark

Flowers of antarctic beech Trunk of antarctic beech

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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