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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1255
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – International interest
General Notes:
Recorded as the largest weeping Wych elm in New Zealand in Burstall and Sale's 1984 book Great Trees of New Zealand. The tree was recently damaged by fire (NZNTT, 2015).
The tree has now been surpassed by several other larger trees (NZNTT, 2023).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Ulmus
Species: glabra 'Horizontalis'
Common names: weeping Wych elm, weeping elm, horizontal elm
Height: 14.25m
Height measurement method: Clinometer
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 338 cm
Girth measurement height: 1 m
Girth Comments: taken below burls
Diameter: 107.6 cm
Crown Spread A: 18.80m
Crown Spread B: 20.80m
Avg. Crown Spread: 19.80m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Crown is noticeably thinning with a moderate amount of minor die-back in the upper crown.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Council records state -'Over-mature'
Champion Tree Score: 196
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
09 Mar 2023 Cornelius, M.
04 Nov 2011 CCC Records
14 Mar 1983 Burstall, S.W. & Sale, E.V.
14 Nov 1970 Burstall, S.W.


Lat/Long: -43.53085705844968 / 172.62092520403348
Location Name: Christchurch Botanic Garden
Address: Rolleston Street
City/Town: Christchurch
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: Just south of the rose garden.
Public Accessibility: Botanic Garden
Local Authority: Christchurch City Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Cornelius 09 Mar 2023
Matt Cornelius 09 Mar 2023
Errol Hadfield 22 Feb 2016
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