Gardens-Unique trees

The Soutomaior Castle is located in a privileged site in the valley of the Verdugo River, from where a large landscape can be admired.

At present, its estate covers 25 hectares and the closest areas to the castle are gardens.

The Marqués and Marquesa de la Vega de Armijo and Mos founded the park and the gardens around 1870. It is considered the most important botanical garden in Galicia.

Some of its trees are unique, have a great scientific, cultural, didactic, landscape and ornamental value and represent a legacy enduring over time.

ARAUCARIA ARAUCANA of the Soutomaior Castle

This araucaria was planted when the gardens were created in 1870, time of the Marqués and Marquesa de la Vega de Armijo.

It is one of the most remarkable trees of the foreign flora due to its morphology and, specially, because the adult trees of this species are rarely seen in Galicia.

The araucaria is in the heart of the old botanical park, between the pond and the marchioness’ fountain.

This specimen is mentioned by Rafael Areses in his book Nuestros parques y jardines (1953), and later, as a unique tree in Flora ornamental de España (Lillo and Ramos, 1972).

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CHAMAECYPARIS LAWSONIANA of the Soutomaior Castle

This cypress was planted in 1870 when the Marqués de la Vega de Armijo turned the castle into a manor house and created the gardens. From then until now, being a centenary tree, it has become a sensational specimen, with an original and amazing shape. It turned into one of the most magnificent representative of its species in Galicia. Its value is reduced because of its state of deterioration.

The chamaecyparis or Lawson cypress is in the old garden, at the highest part of the park, in the centre and near other trees of the property such as the sequoia. The cypress is located on the right side, half way from the residence to the marchioness’ fountain.

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CRIPTOMERIA of the Botanical Park of Soutomaior

This criptomeria was planted in 1870 when the Marqués de la Vega de Armijo turned the castle into a manor house and created the gardens. From then until now, being a centenary tree, it has become a sensational specimen, with an original and amazing shape. It turned into one of the most magnificent representative of its species in Galicia. Its value is reduced because of its state of deterioration.

It is mentioned as a unique tree in the book Flora ornamental de España (Lillo and Ramos, 1972).

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COAST REDWOOD of the Soutomaior Castle

This is the biggest coast redwood in Galicia and is a specimen from 1870, when the park was founded. Its age, dendrometry, preservation and its majestic setting are its qualities to be catalogued as monumental tree. However, the field of view is small and hampers the right observation of its architecture.

Surroundings

The coast redwood is located at the highest part of the park in an eccentric position, near the fountain.

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