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Tree Information x

Identifier: TR/0781
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:

Large specimen pōhutukawa located at roadside, easily visible from the intersection of SH3 and SH45, at the eastern end of the New Plymouth CBD.

"One of the finest (cultivated) pōhutukawa trees in New Zealand, the one growing at the corner of Leach and Cameron Streets, New Plymouth, will be preserved as a public asset as the result of the dedication of the land on which it stands to the Borough Council by Mr. Charles Swanson. The agreement provides that the tree may overhang the garden by 20ft. The fence of the property, which now includes the pōhutukawa, will be taken round behind it and a seat will probably be provided. The tree is about 70 years old and was brought from Kawhia by Mr. Tom Mitchell, of the Armed Constabulary, who gave it to -his brother-inlaw, Mr. Thomas Inch, the owner of the property at that time. It is believed that the tree was planted about 1874. All visitors, to New Plymouth who see the tree are enthusiastic, about its beauty. It is notable not only for its size, but also for its symmetry, in which respect it is scarcely a typical pōhutukawa."

Evening Post, Volume CXXV, Issue 99, 29 April 1938, Page 8

Single Tree Details

Genus: Metrosideros
Species: excelsa
Common names: pōhutukawa,
Height: 18.50m
Height measurement method: Clinometer
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 825.3 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 262.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 23.40m
Crown Spread B: 23.40m
Avg. Crown Spread: 23.40m
Actual Planting Date: 1874
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 150 years
Tree Health Description: Very healthy, even with recent construction of an motel adjacent to tree, MJS 2011.
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Large, dense, symmetrical crown above 3 m tall trunk, MJS 2011.
Champion Tree Score: 405
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
21 Apr 2002 Smith, C.T.A & Fuller, G.


Lat/Long: -39.057467114118005 / 174.08222079277039
Location Name:
Address: Leach Street
City/Town: New Plymouth
Region: Taranaki
Location Description: On the corner of Cameron and Leach Streets, on very small reserve set aside for the tree.
Public Accessibility: Road Reserve
Local Authority: New Plymouth District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 30 Dec 2010
Matt Smillie 30 Dec 2010
Matt Smillie 27 Dec 2010
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