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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1312
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
This tree at Mt Peel Station is considered to the first recorded planting of Pinus radiata in New Zealand however it is thought that earlier introductions may have been possible[1]. A plaque on the tree records that it was germinated from a seed in Sydney in 1856 and subsequently planted at Mt Peel in 1859. In the 1984 book 'Great Trees of New Zealand' Burstall favoured the Geraldine tree (see CR/1008) over this low branching specimen (Cadwallader, B.G. 2015).
1) Burstall S.W. & Sale E.V. 'Great Trees of New Zealand' 1984; p.218.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Pinus
Species: radiata
Common names: radiata pine, Monterey pine
Height: 45.20m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 1008 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Mid-slope at the narrowest point below the branch flare. Girth is partially influenced by low branching.
Diameter: 320.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 30.00m
Crown Spread B: 35.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 32.50m
Actual Planting Date: 1859
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 165 years
Tree Health Description: In good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: A typical open-growing and low branching specimen
Champion Tree Score: 572
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
04 May 2015 Cadwallader, B.G.
01 Jan 1984 Burstall, S.W. & E.V. Sale


Lat/Long: -43.83875681938568 / 171.24760840577392
Location Name: Mt Peel Station
Address: Rangitata Gorge Road
City/Town: Mt Peel
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: Immediately to the south of the homestead near the vegetable garden and orchard
Public Accessibility: Private-Garden
Local Authority: Timaru District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 04 May 2015
Brad Cadwallader 04 May 2015
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