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Tree Information x

Identifier: NR/0728
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Thwaites, K
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
This is truly a magnificent specimen of this species and may well be one of the largest Lebanese cedars in New Zealand. It is the showpiece of a beautifully planned and planted historic homestead and garden. The homestead currently operates as the boutique Paheke Bed and Breakfast (Thwaites, K. 2010).

The trees was recorded in S. W. Burstall's (unpublished) Mensuration report 16, Oct 1971 with the following note;
'It is not known when the tree was planted but it must have been about 1863 or earlier. The property was originally bought from the Maoris in the late 1830' by George Clarke the missionary. It changed hands again before being bought by the Rev. Richard Taylor in Dec 1840. Apart from the fact that Taylor had a man, Steele, managing the place and that Kawiti burned the house down in 1845, little is known about it until July 1863 when it was bought by George Harry Clarke, also known as Paheke Clarke from the name of the property. Clarke built the present house in 1864 and, who knows, he may have planted the tree. The owner in 1961 stated that the Dept. of Agriculture propagated some plants from seed from the tree some years before and these were sent to Lebanon. There is no confirmation of this or of any results of the planting.' The 1968 measurements are recorded in the observations below.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Cedrus
Species: libani
Common names: cedar of Lebanon,
Height: 25.00m
Height measurement method: Nikon Forestry Pro
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 554 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Taken at the height of old rusty nail
Diameter: 176.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 26.50m
Crown Spread B: 21.80m
Avg. Crown Spread: 24.15m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1865
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 159 years
Tree Health Description: Tree in decline, foliage in decline, Bark starting to fall away at base (Dec 2021).
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: An outstanding open grown specimen.
Champion Tree Score: 320
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
21 Dec 2021 Barker, K. P. & Brochner, O.H.L.
17 Feb 2011 Thwaites, K.J.
11 Oct 1968 Burstall, SW


Lat/Long: -35.34562035840881 / 173.87302994728088
Location Name: Paheke Bed and Breakfast
Address: 103, State Highway 1
Suburb: Paheke
City/Town: Ohaeawai
Region: Northland
Location Description:
Public Accessibility: Private-Garden
Local Authority: Far North District Council


Preview Credit Date
Kent Thwaites 19 Sep 2005
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