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Tree Information x

Identifier: BPR/1068
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – International interest
General Notes:
Historically, this tree has been the tallest tree of many outstanding specimen trees at Yatton Park, the tallest known of its species in New Zealand, and the second tallest Norfolk Island pine in the world, after a tree in Hawaii. It is also held to be the tallest tree in Tauranga, but may soon be overtaken by the Monterey cypress at Bethlehem (Tree BPR/0424), as at the time of writing the top of the tree has been damaged, and it is likely that the height of the tree will be reduced in the future.

Burstall and Sale noted that the tree was 45 m tall around the time of the publication of Great Trees of New Zealand. There are also a number of other tall Norfolk Island pines at Yatton Park, one being measured at approximately 49 m in height at the time of writing (Smillie, M.J. 2013).

[Update: As of April 2016, the tree has lost its top, and is now 43 m tall to the top of the cut stem. A survey of the tallest Norfolk Island pines in park, close to this tree has shown that this tree may not have even been the tallest in the park in recent times, see BPR/1372. Smillie, 2016]

Burstall and Sale, "Great Trees of New Zealand", 1984, pp100-102
The Gymnosperm Database
Tauranga City Council

Single Tree Details

Genus: Araucaria
Species: heterophylla
Common names: Norfolk Island pine,
Height: 43.00m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: From mid-height of base to cut stem
Girth: 557 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Measured 1.4 from mid-height of base
Diameter: 177.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 18.00m
Crown Spread B: 20.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 19.25m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1870
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 154 years
Tree Health Description: Significant damage to branches and top, probably from severe storms in 2011 (2013).

The tree had lost its top by 2016 (2016)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: The top is dying back (2013).

The top has gone (probably removed some time before April 2016)
Champion Tree Score: 376
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
18 Apr 2016 Smillie, M.J.
09 Jan 2013 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -37.72553006349168 / 176.14586681127548
Location Name: Yatton Park
Address: Fraser Street
City/Town: Tauranga
Region: Bay of Plenty - Central Plateau
Location Description: The tree is adjacent to the loop pathway running around the park, and is well signposted.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Tauranga City Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 18 Apr 2016
Matt Smillie 09 Jan 2013
Matt Smillie 09 Jan 2013
Matt Smillie 09 Jan 2013
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