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Tree Information x

Identifier: WTR/0756
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

Only 5 kilometres from downtown Wellington lies a unique treasure; 5 hectares of botanic gardens created for the collection and preservation of New Zealand's native plants nestled against the largest block of natural forest on the Wellington peninsula to survive initial settlement. Otari-Wilton's Bush is celebrated nationally and internationally as the only botanic garden dedicated to the cultivation of New Zealand's unique flora.

Otari is a Maori word, meaning "Place of Snares", which refers to the hunting that took place in the area for hundreds of years. As the fever of European colonisation in the mid 1800s saw the decimation of most of the lush forests of Wellington, one farmer, Job Wilton, saw fit to fence a portion of his bush and protect it from development. Now, over a century later, more than half of all remaining original native forest in Wellington lies within Otari-Wilton's Bush. This ancient forest includes towering matai and rimu, as well as tawa, rewarewa and kohekohe. The taller trees are often the home for epiphytes or perching plants, and examples of Collospermum hastatum, a high-rise relative of the familiar astelia, can be spied by those with eagle eyes. Many native climbers also abound in the heights of the forest, and walkers will find it easy to take a trip back in time and imagine themselves in a Wellington once untouched by human development as they stroll through Otari.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Dacrydium
Species: cupressinum
Common names: rimu, red pine
Given Name: Moko
Height: 27.30m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: A challenging shot up through thick bush canopy
Girth: 558 cm
Girth measurement height: 2 m
Girth Comments: Taken above the buttress flare
Diameter: 177.6 cm
Crown Spread A: 15.50m
Crown Spread B: 14.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 14.75m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Some wind damage to the canopy
Champion Tree Score: 321
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
21 Aug 2010 Cadwallader, B.G. & Holland, BJH.


Lat/Long: -41.26596497783191 / 174.75364208221435
Location Name: Wilton Park
Address: 160 Wilton Road
Suburb: Wilton
City/Town: Wellington
Region: Wellington
Location Description: A 20 minute walk from the infomation centre.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Wellington City Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 21 Aug 2010
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