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Tree Information x

Identifier: HBR/0827
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Smillie, M.J.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:

A large totara, featured as Tree No. 57 in Burstall and Sale's "Great Trees of New Zealand". Located in A'Deanes Bush Scenic Reserve, a 38.5 ha reserve with approximately 15 ha of remnant native forest. The reserve was given to the Deptartment of Lands and Survey in the 1970's after being preserved by the Ashscott (later A'Deanes) family who settled the region in 1854.

Dr Patrick Grant notes that the bole of the tree is hollow, and the age of the tree is 450 years (the age of other large podocarp trees in the reserve) or older.

Burstall and Sale recorded the tree measurements at follows: 265 cm dbh, 34 m high, with a 14.7 m bole. Grant recorded the measurements as 295 cm dbh and 27 m in height, with a 12 m bole. A signpost at the tree states the height as 33 m (Smillie 2011).

S.W. Burstall and E.V. Sale "Great Trees of New Zealand", 1984
P.J. Grant "Hawke's Bay Forests of Yesterday", 1996
Department of Conservation, "Explore Hawkes Bay", 2010

Single Tree Details

Genus: Podocarpus
Species: totara
Common names: tōtara,
Given Name: A'Deanes totara
Height: 30.90m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: Straight shot further along the track to an obscured top in difficult conditions.
Girth: 880 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: Measurement goes over the top of some large buttresses/flanges
Diameter: 280.1 cm
Crown Spread A: 17.00m
Crown Spread B: 15.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 16.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1400
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 624 years
Tree Health Description: Reported as having a hollow trunk. Some bare branches noted at the top of the tree (July 2011)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Slightly suppressed on one side by a neighbouring tree.
Champion Tree Score: 461
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
22 Jul 2011 Smillie, M.J.


Lat/Long: -39.931294444274165 / 176.3002896308899
Location Name: A'Deanes Bush Scenic Reserve
Address: Makeretu Road
City/Town: Ongaonga
Region: Hawke's Bay
Location Description: About 5 minutes walk from the signposted carpark. Follow the left hand side of the loop track to reach the tree sooner.
Public Accessibility: Department of Conservation
Local Authority: Central Hawke's Bay District Council


Preview Credit Date
Matt Smillie 22 Jul 2011
Matt Smillie 22 Jul 2011
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