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Tree Information x

Identifier: TR/1831
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – International interest
General Notes:
An impressively stout (especially for its age) Golden Pinus radiata 'Aurea', in the southwest corner of Hollard Gardens. The tree was planted in 1953, with the parent being a tree at Craigieburn Station, in Canterbury.

The garden, started in 1927 by Bernie Hollard at his dairy farm near Kaponga, is now run by the Taranaki Regional Council as a Garden of National Significance, and represent a life's work for the keen horticulturist and his wife, Rose. A feature of the garden is the numerous rhododendrons, including the bright red Rhododendron 'Kaponga', bred here by Hollard in the 1950s.

Smillie 2022

Single Tree Details

Genus: Pinus
Species: radiata 'Aurea'
Common names: golden Monterey pine,
Height: 24.00m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: Measured from the carpark to the highest visible top. The true top may be somewhat obscured by the broad spreading crown
Girth: 650 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 206.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 28.00m
Crown Spread B: 27.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 27.50m
Actual Planting Date: 1953
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 71 years
Tree Health Description: Appears to be in good health, and is surprisingly young for a tree of its stature
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Obviously open grown during its earlier life, leading to a squat, broad form
Champion Tree Score: 357
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
10 Oct 2022 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -39.40072263549154 / 174.1514546653595
Location Name: Hollard Gardens
Address: 1686 Upper Manaia Road
City/Town: Kaponga
Region: Taranaki
Location Description: In the south-western corner of the gardens, easily visible from the car park off Manaia Road
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Taranaki Regional Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 10 Oct 2022
Matt Smillie 10 Oct 2022
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