This stump is all that remains of a big tree that stood here until 2017. We had to fell it as the tree was diseased, the lower trunk partly rotten and we didn’t want it to blow down and hurt anyone.
The tree is called a Noble Fir (Abies procera) and it was first introduced into the UK in 1830 – so we know it cannot be more than 187 years old. It is unlikely this was the first of these trees to be planted so we think it was planted around 1850. How old does that make it?
These trees are native to the North-West USA and Canada.
The tree has huge fir-cones (see the header photo) which are up to 200mm tall (8″ in old money) and when ripe the cones slowly disintegrate on the tree and the seeds blow away. Each seed has a wing like a single-bladed helicopter and from the top of this tree the seeds can blow a long way before reaching the ground. Our red-squirrels love the cones and tear them apart to get at the seeds.
Some of those seeds have become trees themselves – one is at the other end of this lawn and another, close to it, on the edge of the woodland garden. See if you can find them.
This video shows the tree and it being felled.
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Some kind words from our previous guests…
For me staying at Kincardine Castle was a memorable experience – a revelation! Thanks to you I discovered a wonderful country. I cannot wait to be back. June 2018