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Tree Information x

Identifier: BPR/0755
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:
This tree fell during a high-intensity windstorm on January 5, 2018. Unfortunately a passing motorist died as a result of being struck by the tree (NZNTT, 2018).

Recorded as being planted in 1863 from one of four acorns sent to Rev. Richard Taylor at Wanganui by Queen Victoria in 1861. Seedlings from the other three acorns were successfuly planted in Wanganui, Christchurch and Dunedin on 9 August 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert Edward and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Reference, pg. 61 Forest Mensuration Report 17 S.W Burstall, April 1972 (unpublished)

Recorded as the largest of its species in New Zealand in 1984. Great Trees of New Zealand. S.W. Burstall & E.V. Sale. 1984 pg. 114.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Quercus
Species: robur
Common names: English oak, common oak, oak
Given Name: Spencer's Oak
Height: 24.70m
Height measurement method: Laser Impulse 200 LR
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 695.8 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 221.5 cm
Crown Spread A: 32.60m
Crown Spread B: 32.60m
Avg. Crown Spread: 32.60m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1863
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 159 years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 382
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: No
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
27 Feb 2017 Sale, P.
15 Mar 2009 Van Pelt, R.
10 Jul 2002 Van Pelt, R.
01 Jan 1972 Burstall, S.W.


Lat/Long: -38.13502915406765 / 176.2486571073532
Location Name: Arawa House
Address: 1256 Arawa Street
City/Town: Rotorua
Region: Bay of Plenty - Central Plateau
Location Description: Beside the footpath on the corner of Arawa and Amohia Streets
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Rotorua District Council


Preview Credit Date
Rotorua District Council 04 May 2007
Rotorua District Council 04 May 2007
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