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Tree Information x

Identifier: WCR/1073
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

This tree was most likely planted between 1870-1872, as Reefton was not in existence as a town prior to then. The section that the Reefton Hospital sits on was originally owned by Dr. Rockstrow. The hospital committee bought his acre of land and a cottage on it when the hospital was established in 1872. There were later extensive gardens around the hospital, many of the trees planted by the first superintendent David O. Preshaw (McCaughan, C., 2023).

Exotic trees of this vintage are a rare sight on the West Coast. The tree is thought to have been planted in the 1860's (Burstall 1974). Despite its short stature, the tree has a surprisingly large stem hidden beneath the low growing canopy. Well worth the short detour off the main highway through Reefton (Cadwallader, B.G. 2013).

Ref: New Zealand Forest Service, Forest Research Institute, Forest Mensuration Report No. 21, 1974, pg. 37 (unpublished), Burstall, S.W.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Sequoiadendron
Species: giganteum
Common names: giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Wellingtonia
Height: 26.60m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 1110 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 353.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 22.40m
Crown Spread B: 21.80m
Avg. Crown Spread: 22.10m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: Circa. 1865
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 159 years
Tree Health Description: In fine health (2013)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A short squat tree.
Champion Tree Score: 542
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
18 Jan 2013 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -42.1187777421046 / 171.86028957366943
Location Name: Reefton Medical Centre
Address: 103 Shiel Street
City/Town: Reefton
Region: West Coast
Location Description: Located prominently in front of the main building.
Public Accessibility: Hospital
Local Authority: Buller District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 18 Jan 2013
Brad Cadwallader 18 Jan 2013
Brad Cadwallader 18 Jan 2013
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