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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1010
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:

Dennistoun Bush is a partially logged remnant of podocarp-broadleaf forest making up part of the 783 hectare Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve. There are many large, but short, kahikatea, matai and totara visible on the track looping through the bush.

The largest tree is a massive, old, gnarly totara on one bank of an old watercourse. This tree was recorded in the Burstall and Sale 'Great Trees of New Zealand' book with their entry for the nearby feature totara at Peel Forest Park, see record CR/1009.

The 1984 book records a girth of 10.3 m for this tree which then shows a converted diameter of 382 cm, however, this is an error as it should be 327 cm. The tree, with its position straddling one bank of an old stream bed, is hard to measure for girth. The girth recorded here (10.7 m) was taken 1.4 m above the highest ground level next to the tree. At the nominal mid point, the girth was measured at 11.24 m, equivalent to a diameter of 358 cm. Nevertheless, the higher, smaller, girth measurement is the second largest known for a totara, after the Pouakani totara, WKR/0757 (Smillie, M. 2012).
Ref: 'Great Trees of New Zealand' Burstall, S.W. & Sale, E.V. 1984, page 216.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Podocarpus
Species: totara
Common names: tōtara,
Height: 21.30m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 1070 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Taken from the highest side of the slope.
Diameter: 340.6 cm
Crown Spread A: 17.00m
Crown Spread B: 17.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 17.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Very old and gnarly, but still showing plenty of foliage (2012).
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 505
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
20 Jul 2012 Smillie, M.J.
01 Jan 1984 Burstall, S.W. & E.V. Sale.
01 Jan 1970 Burstall, S.W.


Lat/Long: -43.905313639186986 / 171.24024868011475
Location Name: Dennistoun Bush
Address: Blandswood Road
City/Town: Blandswood
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: Just past the intersection of the loop track, on the north branch, about 15 minutes from the Blandswood Road entrance to the track. Unmissable.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Timaru District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 20 Jul 2012
Matt Smillie 20 Jul 2012
Matt Smillie 20 Jul 2012
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