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Tree Information x

Identifier: TR/0141
Historical Reg No: 103
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Fuller G
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

Often referred to in error as the largest puriri in New Zealand but early measurements included two stems (NZTR 2010).
'This tree is situated in the gully between the access to the Bowl of Brooklands turning circle and the racecourse. An enormous malformed tree, which is described as a most irregularly shaped tree. The configurations are very difficult to describe, but it would probably rank as the most unorthodox tree in the park. How the monstrous trunk is able to withstand the force of gravity is in itself noteworthy. Access to the spot is easy'. Fuller 1973. 'The tree is 2.13m. larger in girth than the Puriri of Reretiti Hill in Northland. and has been described by Bob Lawn, as one of the largest Puriri's in New Zealand'. Burstall 1969. Reference. Burstall SW. FM. Report no.19. 1973; p.13.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Vitex
Species: lucens
Common names: puriri,
Height: 20.00m
Height measurement method: Laser Atlanta Advantage
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 493.2 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.6 m
Girth Comments: Taken of the largest vertical stem above the union. The leaning stem has a diameter of 375cm @3.05m. Girth @ G.L. measurement of 1130.3cm Smith & Fuller 2001
Diameter: 157 cm
Crown Spread A: 26.75m
Crown Spread B: 26.75m
Avg. Crown Spread: 26.75m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: There appears to be a lateral crack developing at the base on the leaning stem. BGC 2010
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Two stems appear to be fused at ground level, the larger stem erect and the leaning stem on a 45 degree angle. A kohekohe supports the leaning stem.
Champion Tree Score: 282
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
17 Oct 2001 Smith, C.T. & Fuller, G.
01 Jan 1973 Burstall S.W. & Fuller G


Lat/Long: -39.068513282368805 / 174.08507466316223
Location Name: Bowl of Brooklands
Address: Brooklands Park Drive
Suburb: Brooklands
City/Town: New Plymouth
Region: Taranaki
Location Description: Off the Bowl of Brooklands end of the Maranui Gully Track - a semi formed track adjacent to a fence line between the Bowl and the racecourse - the south (uphill) side of the tree is just inside the fence line
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: New Plymouth District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 26 Dec 2009
Matt Smillie 26 Dec 2009
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