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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1617
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Barker, K. P. Brochner O.H.L
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This ancient tōtara is the largest of two huge trees that can be seen across the paddocks to the right when driving along Blandswood Road towards Blandswood from Mount Peel Road (also see record CR/1618). The trees are not far from the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve and are on private farmland.
This tree is believed to be pictured in the book 'Tōtara' by Philip Simpson. The tree is extremely old and has a huge hollow section splitting up the trunk. Still healthy growth can be seen (Barker, K. P., 2010)

Single Tree Details

Genus: Podocarpus
Species: totara
Common names: tōtara,
Height: 20.80m
Height measurement method: Nikon Forestry Pro
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 981 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 312.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 15.60m
Crown Spread B: 16.40m
Avg. Crown Spread: 16.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: Tree has a hollowed trunk and some damage to roots. Some limbs have died. There is a lot of decay around the base of this tree. It is now fenced and should survive now for several more centuries
Tree Form Type: Multi-trunk
Number of Trunks: 2
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
03 Jan 2020 Barker, K. P.


Lat/Long: -43.89665215385427 / 171.25249598953246
Location Name: Peel Forest Estate
Address: Blandswood Road
Suburb: Mount Peel
City/Town: Geraldine
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: In a deer paddock immediately south of Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve off Blandswood Road (No Public Access).
Public Accessibility: Farmland
Local Authority: Timaru District Council


Preview Credit Date
Kevin Barker 05 Jan 2020
Kevin Barker 03 Jan 2020
Olga Brochner 03 Jan 2020
Olga Brochner 03 Jan 2020
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