Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Family: Nothofagaceae
Nothofagus antarctica (G.Forst.) Oerst.
Antarctic beech

Black tag 420
54o 34.912N
5o 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 crinkly 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

Young Antarctic 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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