|Registered By:||Cadwallader, B.G.|
|Registration Category:||Notable tree – National interest|
‘Tupare’ is located a short drive from central New Plymouth. The 3.6 hectare property comprises a heritage residence and classical garden in a unique Taranaki setting.
In 1932, Sir Russell and Lady Matthews began their effort to create a garden from a hillside wilderness on the edge of the Waiwhakaiho River. Over the next 50-year period, ‘Tupare’ assumed a reputation as one of the finest landscape gardens in New Zealand.
In 1985, after a lifetime of artistic creation and love, the Matthews relinquished their 3.6 hectare landscape gardens and Chapman Taylor Tudor Style home to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. More recently (1 July 2002), ownership and responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Gardens was transferred to the Taranaki Regional Council.
This specimen is recorded to have been the first dawn redwood planted in Taranaki ('Great Trees of New Zealand' Burstall & Sale 1984). Records at Eastwoodhill Arboretum document this tree to have been supplied by W.D. Cook c.1950 (see tree GR/0707).
This tree has the largest diameter of any dawn redwood recorded in New Zealand and is the current NZ Champion. Another tree in the gardens is the tallest tree recorded in NZ (see TR/0724) 'A New Zealand Survey of Metasequoia glyptostroboides' Cadwallader B.G. 2009
|Common names:||dawn redwood, shui-shan, water fir|
|Height measurement method:||Clinometer - SUUNTO|
|Girth measurement height:||1.3 m|
|Girth Comments:||Measurements taken at IUFRO standard 1.3m for the national survey|
|Crown Spread A:||12.50m|
|Crown Spread B:||12.00m|
|Avg. Crown Spread:||12.25m|
|Actual Planting Date:||actual date not specified|
|Approx. Planting Date:||
e.g. circa. 1860
|Current Age:||64 years|
|Tree Health Description:||In very fine health although with some mechanical wounding to the base and surface roots by mowing equipment, BGC, 2010.|
|Tree Form Type:||Single Trunk|
|Number of Trunks:||1|
|Tree Form Comments:||There are very deep sunken pockets below each limb or where limbs have previously been.|
|Champion Tree Score:||311|
|Local Protection Status:||Yes|
|10 Jan 2010||Cadwallader B.G. & Van Pelt, R.|
|22 Mar 2002||Smith, C.T. & Fuller, G.|