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.
Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'
Pendulus Nootka cypress, 'Afghan hound tree'

Tag 104
54 deg 34.978N
5 deg 56.035W

A fine rare tree introduced into cultivation in 1884. It received an Award of Garden Merit 1984 and an Award of Merit in 1988. The species is a long-lived tree of the cloud forests of North West North America.

The young example in Belfast Botanic Gardens is already producing cones. It is planted in the grass to the south of the Tropical ravine and should eventually reach about 25m.

You may find it described elsewhere under its older genera of Cupressus or Chamaecyparis

Xanthocyparis nootkatensis in Belfast Botanic Gardens Xanthocyparis nootkatensis branches
Afghan Hound tree in Belfast Botanic Gardens Pendulus branches of Afghan Hound tree
Xanthocyparis nootkatensis male Xanthocyparis nootkatensis male cones
Male cones (pollen cones) of Afghan Hound tree Detail of pollen cones
Xanthocyparis nootkatensis female cones
Female cones of Afghan Hound tree

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2010. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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