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Tree Information x

Identifier: CR/1845
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: King, D.
Registration Category: Historic tree - International interest
General Notes:
This Quercus robur is known as Prince Alfred’s oak. It was planted by him along with 4 other trees on April 24, 1869. Prince Alfred was the second son of Queen Victoria and also known at the time as the Duke of Edinburgh. This was a first visit by a member of the British Royal Family. He especially requested that the tree should never be touched with knife or axe. The Gardens curator at that time was John Francis Armstrong (in office 1867-1889) and it was said that although the tree badly needed it, he wouldn’t allow this to happen under his watch. (not his exact words)
The plaque at the base of the tree simply reads "Planted by; The Duke of Edinburgh; April 24 1869".

Unfortunately just the oak and giant sequoia (see CR/1074) remain. The others planted on the same day but no longer extant as at 1919 reason unknown were a tōtara, a cedar of Lebanon and a Himalayan cedar (King, D., 2022).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Quercus
Species: robur
Common names: English oak, common oak, oak
Given Name: Prince Alfred's Oak
Height: 18.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 350 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 111.4 cm
Crown Spread A: 23.00m
Crown Spread B: 23.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 23.00m
Actual Planting Date: Apr 1869
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 155 years
Tree Health Description: The tree foliage seems to have good health and vigour.
Tree does seem to be in a slow decline with some deadwood and a apparent lack of recover from tree pruning with wounds not callusing over very well.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Tree has average branch structure but main unions are good and not included.
Champion Tree Score: 216
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 195


Date Observer Action
10 Nov 2022 King, D.


Lat/Long: -43.53172131524916 / 172.62690354896958
Location Name: Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Address: Rolleston Avenue
Suburb: Central City
City/Town: Christchurch
Region: Canterbury
Location Description: The tree is located just south of the Peacock Fountain near the Rollerston Ave entrance. It has a low chain fence around it with a mulch circle out to the dripline.
Public Accessibility: Botanic Garden
Local Authority: Christchurch City Council


Preview Credit Date
Duncan King 10 Nov 2022
Duncan King 10 Nov 2022
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