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Tree Information x

Identifier: TSR/0687
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, BG
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:

An extraordinary tree that towers above the 35 metre high Pinus radiata plantation it is situated amongst. Known as the 'Barrington Gum', it was named after the former farm that the area was known as in the 1870's. At the time of writing the tree was the second tallest tree recorded in New Zealand (Cadwallader, B.G., 2009).
The Prow, September 10, 2021 The giant gum and Kingsland Forest Park in Richmond.

Nelson Weekly - September 16, 2016 Video: NZ’s second tallest tree discovered in Nelson.

There are now several other known trees in the 70-80 metre class in NZ but this tree still ranks highly (Cadwallader, 2010).

The tree escaped disaster on the 14 Dec 2011 when heavy rain triggered a slip behind the tree. The resulting torrent of mud and debris narrowly missed the tree leaving a stream flowing beside the stem (Cadwallader. Dec 2011).

Single Tree Details

Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: regnans
Common names: mountain ash, swamp gum
Given Name: Barrington Gum
Height: 72.10m
Height measurement method: Climb & Tape Drop
Height Comments: Earlier measurements by clinometer were found to be unreliable due to the terrain and difficulty viewing the top.
Girth: 740 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: The tree is on a slope and girth height was taken mid-slope.
Diameter: 235.5 cm
Crown Spread A: 35.00m
Crown Spread B: 36.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 35.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: Unknown
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: The tree is in fine condition
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: 30 m to the first branch. There is a large wound on the uphill side of the tree from earlier logging activity. The tree has a slight lean to the south that has self corrected.
Champion Tree Score: 557
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 204


Date Observer Action
12 Dec 2009 Cadwallader B.G. & Kluiters, M.


Lat/Long: -41.35841416441055 / 173.20253133772832
Location Name: Reservoir Creek
Address: Marlborough Crescent
City/Town: Richmond
Region: Tasman
Location Description: A half an hour walk from the Easby Park carpark. Walk up to the Reservoir and take the steep track to the left of the main valley walk. Remain on the lower benched track to the base of the tree. The upper track will pass above the tree with both tracks forming a loop walk
Public Accessibility: Forestry
Local Authority: Tasman District Council


Preview Credit Date
BGC 16 Dec 2011
Brad Cadwallader 25 Oct 2009
Brad Cadwallader 12 Jul 2008
Brad Cadwallader 09 Jul 2008
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