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Tree Information x

Identifier: WGR/1943
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
The Japanese umbrella pine looks like a member of the Pinus genus, but is actually a ‘living fossil’ being the sole member of the genus Sciadopitys. It is a very attractive specimen tree, though uncommon.
Known to be slow growing, this large specimen, considered to be the largest in NZ, was probably planted by James MacGregor in the reserve now bearing his name[1], and could be between 80 to 100 years old. It is included in the Whanganui register of notable trees (Lloyd, M., 2024).

1. See WGR/0722 for details of James MacGregor’s role in establishing the widely varied planting in the arboretum between Anzac Parade and the Whanganui River in East Whanganui.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Sciadopitys
Species: verticillata
Common names: umbrella pine,
Height: 13.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 150.7 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: 1984 measurement
Diameter: 48 cm
Crown Spread A: 5.00m
Crown Spread B: 5.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 5.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: not known years
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: very good, though a bit squeezed out by 2 other trees
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: typical columnar form, but trunk branches into multiple leaders high up
Champion Tree Score: 106
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
01 Jan 2024 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.928557695670214 / 175.0594429969788
Location Name: James MacGregor Memorial Park and Arboretum
Address: Anzac Parade
Suburb: East Whanganui
City/Town: Whanganui
Region: Wanganui
Location Description: South end of the reserve, opposite 68 Anzac Parade; just beside a large Phoenix palm
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Wanganui District Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 01 Jan 2024
Michael Lloyd 01 Jan 2024
Michael Lloyd 01 Jan 2024
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