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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/1259
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
A rare and unusual tree for New Zealand. The swollen hollow root buttress is very popular with children in this busy central Auckland park. The tree received significant damage in a 1971 storm but has since recovered. Several smaller trees of the same species are establishing nearby.
The ombu was gifted and planted c1877-1879, along with about 200 other rare and exotic trees, by Sir George Grey, in the latter years of his term as Prime Minister of New Zealand (Cadwallader, 2014).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Phytolacca
Species: dioica
Common names: ombu, bella sombra tree
Height: 11.00m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 1243 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Above the main buttress and encompassing all the stems
Diameter: 395.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 18.00m
Crown Spread B: 16.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 17.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1878
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 146 years
Tree Health Description: In good health.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 10
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
22 Oct 2014 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -36.849892401554385 / 174.7679676941101
Location Name: Albert Park
Address: Princes Street
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: East of the flagpole and cannons
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 22 Oct 2014
Brad Cadwallader 22 Oct 2014
Brad Cadwallader 22 Oct 2014
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