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Tree Information x

Identifier: GR/0684
Historical Reg No: 422
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Webb, S.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Now that the tree has broken up and reiterated into several portions it presents challenges measuring it and comparing with historical data (Kluiters, M. 2017).

Located opposite Rickards Garage on a conservation covenant which the Department of Conservation maintain along with the Tapatahi Pā site.
'This tree was planted in 1837 by Captain W. Harris who had a trading station in the area. It had a diameter then of 1.06m, height 19.80m and a spread of 22.9m. The trunk forked at 3.3m above ground level (ref. H.H. Allen's Report no. 127).
The Wahine gale of 1968 split the tree open but the largest branch remained attached to the trunk. This lay on the ground. In 1969 the tree was measured again by S.W. Burstall. The remaining branch measured 33.3m. and the spread of the canopy was 36m. The largest of the fallen branches were milled and 3 oak chests were made from it for the Clark children (present owner David Clark).
Today the branch is 38.52 long and the canopy spread is 42.92m. and the height is 13.41m.. It is in good health, with the prostrate form that nature has cast upon it is reminiscent of a pohutukawa (Webb 2005).
Ref. HH. Allen Report No. 107
Burstall SW. Mensuration Report Poverty Bay 1969
Burstall/ Sale Great Trees of NZ. 1984.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Quercus
Species: robur
Common names: English oak, common oak, oak
Given Name: The Harris Oak
Height: 19.60m
Height measurement method: Unknown
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 910 cm
Girth measurement height: 0 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 289.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 0.00m
Crown Spread B: 0.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 0.00m
Actual Planting Date: 1837
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 187 years
Tree Health Description: Appears in good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: The remaining tree lays prostrate on the ground
Champion Tree Score: 423
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 240


Date Observer Action
14 Nov 2017 Kluiters, M.
01 Jan 2005 Webb, S.


Lat/Long: -38.675773747613235 / 177.91293641006473
Location Name:
Address: Wharerata Road
City/Town: Manutuke
Region: Gisborne
Location Description: In the paddock opposite the old garage.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Gisborne District Council


Preview Credit Date
Menno Kluiters 14 Nov 2017
Moira Lee 15 Jun 2017
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