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Tree Information x

Identifier: OR/1954
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
A plaque down at lakeside below the tree credits the 1957 planting of this tree to George Studholme and Jim (James) Ironside.

The Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Management plan states that ‘Grandad’ Studholme (owner of the County Nursery in the Cardrona Valley), gifted the tree to Jim Ironside, who was farming at nearby Tuohys at the time. A plaque in memory of Ironside was subsequently placed near the tree in the 1980s, with the hill now being known as Ironside Hill (Cadwallader, B.G., 2024).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Sequoiadendron
Species: giganteum
Common names: giant sequoia, giant redwood, Sierra redwood, Wellingtonia
Given Name: Ironside Redwood
Height: 12.80m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 510 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.1 m
Girth Comments: taken near ground level
Diameter: 162.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 9.00m
Crown Spread B: 9.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 9.00m
Actual Planting Date: 1957
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 67 years
Tree Health Description: in good health
Tree Form Type: Multi-trunk
Number of Trunks: 5
Tree Form Comments: A divided stem from near ground level and separating into many tops.
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
20 Mar 2024 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -44.664020511930104 / 169.07903628206793
Location Name: Ironside Hill
Address: Millennium Track
City/Town: Wanaka
Region: Otago
Location Description: An 11.6 km return walk/bike from Roys Bay or 6.5km return from Waterfall Creek bridge carpark. Access from Roys Peak carpark is also possible for a shorter walk but finding a car park might be a challenge.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Queenstown Lakes District Council


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