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Tree Information x

Identifier: TR/1854
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
One of the largest ginkgo trees in New Zealand, this tree was planted by Clement Govett in 1880 in the grounds of his property “Maranui”. Upon his death, the grounds were purchased by Thomas List, the owner of the Taranaki Daily News newspaper, in 1914. When List passed away, his wishes were to donate this part of the property to the city, adding to the grounds of Brooklands Park to the west. The donation was marked by a visit from the Governor-General, Lord Bledisloe in March 1934.

The tree is female, bearing fruit which, when fallen, has an odour charitably described as pungent. As such, the male tree is planted more often. This tree is well sited in in the centre of a small gully off the north-eastern side of the Maranui Gully walk, and is one of the feature trees of the park. A low branch was noted by Smith in 2002 to have fallen, likely after Burstall’s measurements of 1973, creating a hollow in the base between the two co-dominant leaders that divide from around 2 m. Access to the tree proper is difficult, being guarded by a dense tangle of king ferns growing right up to and around the base.

C Smith, The Notable Trees of New Plymouth, 2002
S. W. Burstall, New Zealand Forest Service- Forest Research Institute, Forest Mensuration Report No. 19, 1973 (unpublished)
D. Medway, The Significant Plants of Pukekura Park, 2018

Single Tree Details

Genus: Ginkgo
Species: biloba
Common names: maidenhair tree, ginkgo
Height: 23.90m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: 24 m was measured with a Nikon 550 laser, with an estimate to the obscured base of the tree.
Girth: 590 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Very difficult to measure due to other plants growing around the base. Above 1973 measurements of 4 ft/ 1.2 m
Diameter: 187.8 cm
Crown Spread A: 21.00m
Crown Spread B: 15.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 18.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1880
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 144 years
Tree Health Description: An old planting, with some damage to limbs.
Tree Form Type: Multi-trunk
Number of Trunks: 2
Tree Form Comments: Two leaders separate from around 2 m above ground.
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
27 Dec 2022 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -39.07063174179616 / 174.08659483257142
Location Name: Maranui Gully
Address: Brooklands Park
Suburb: Brooklands
City/Town: New Plymouth
Region: Taranaki
Location Description: In the middle of a small loop track off the Maranui Gully walk. A few minutes walk east and down from the "Historic" puriri tree, near the Kaimata St entrance
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: New Plymouth District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 27 Dec 2022
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