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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1081
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Historic tree – National interest
General Notes:

This historic record is of a tree that was one of two trees planted by Governor (Sir) George Bowen on 10th April 1870 (Burstall S.W. 1973). It was removed in October 1996 (The Press).
Bowen was Governor of New Zealand from 1868 1873 and is credited with reconciling the Māori reaction to the British rule which saw the end of the New Zealand wars.
He is also credited with approving the current flag of New Zealand and, much to the consternation of the British Monarchy at the time, instituting the New Zealand Cross (1869), New Zealand's highest award for bravery, gallantry and devotion to duty (Cadwallader B.G, 2013).
New Zealand Forest Service, Forest Research Institution, Forest Mensuration Report 22, pg. 9, 1973 (unpublished), Burstall. S.W.
Wikipedia: New Zealand Cross (1869) & George Bowen, accessed 5 March 2013.
Monkey puzzle tree succumbs to disease,The Press 1996 Oct. 17, p. 3

Image credits:
Photo 1: The Curator's House, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photograph Ref: WA-26082-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. record 23237126
Photo 2: 1941 Postcard, Louise Beaumont Private Collection.
Photo 3: Christchurch Domain, Moorhouse Statue. Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), 1906 Session II. C-10 Public Domains.
Photo 4: View of house in Christchurch Botanical Gardens. It is backed by trees while in the foreground is a lawn on which has been planted a young monkey puzzle tree. Burton brothers album 2. Ref: PA1-o-081-06. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. record 23227004

Single Tree Details

Genus: Araucaria
Species: araucana
Common names: Chilean pine, monkey-puzzle
Height: 21.00m
Height measurement method: Unknown
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 279.2 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 88.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 0.00m
Crown Spread B: 0.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 0.00m
Actual Planting Date: Apr 1870
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 154 years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 179
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: No
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
05 Dec 1970 Burstall, S.W.


Lat/Long: -43.532083727464304 / 172.62701779603958
Location Name: Christchurch Botanic Garden
Address: Rolleston Avenue
City/Town: Christchurch
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: The tree was located just to the south of the Moorhouse Statue adjacent to the end of Hereford Street.
Public Accessibility: Botanic Garden
Local Authority: Christchurch City Council


Preview Credit Date
Whites Aviation Ltd, with permission ATL Ref: WA-26082-F 19 Dec 1950
Post Card, Beaumont Collection. 10 Jan 1941
Unknown, with permission AJHRNZ C‐10 10 Jan 1906
Burton Brothers, with permission ATL Ref: PA1-o-081-06 19 Feb 1885
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