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Tree Information x

Identifier: OR/0578
Historical Reg No: 333
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Buddingh' F
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This tree is a remarkable piece of topiary in the form of a large bird. (Buddingh', F., 1997).

The sculptured hen was created in 1978 by poultry farmers Norman and Evelyn Clarke. The Macrocarpa tree was initially damaged in a storm with the remnants looking for all the world like a giant chicken. And so it was with a little more judicious pruning by the Clarkes for the tree to attain the shape it is today (Cadwallader 2013).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Cupressus
Species: macrocarpa
Common names: macrocarpa, Monterey cypress
Given Name: The Chook Tree
Height: 6.60m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 217 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.2 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 69.1 cm
Crown Spread A: 6.00m
Crown Spread B: 3.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 4.75m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: In good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 111
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
03 May 2015 Cadwallader, B.G.
01 Jan 1997 Buddingh' F


Lat/Long: -45.26896885653993 / 170.80032885074615
Location Name: 'The Five A's'
Address: 2507 Herbert-Hampden Road
Suburb: Waianakarua
City/Town: Waitaki
Region: Otago
Location Description: On the front lawn
Public Accessibility: Rural-Residential
Local Authority: Waitaki District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 03 May 2015
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