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Tree Information x

Identifier: WCR/0955
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:

This tree, located in the small West Coast town of Ahaura, rose to prominence in 1984 when it was published in the book 'Great Trees of New Zealand' by S. W. Burstall as the 'largest and the best common lime by far in New Zealand'.
At the time Burstall made his determinations of national champions he did not differentiate between single and multiple stemmed trees, such is the convention today. The tree, however, still makes a significant statement on the outskirts of Ahaura and whilst it is no longer considered the New Zealand champion it will continue to remain part of the story of our early tree heritage (Cadwallader 2012).

S.W. Burstall 'Historic and Notable Trees of New Zealand: Marlborough, Nelson, Westland' (unpublished) 1971 pg. 43.
S.W. Burstall & E.V. Sale 'Great Trees of New Zealand' 1984 pg. 194

Single Tree Details

Genus: Tilia
Species: x europaea
Common names: European lime, common lime
Height: 23.00m
Height measurement method: Abney Level
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 640.8 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 204 cm
Crown Spread A: 13.50m
Crown Spread B: 13.50m
Avg. Crown Spread: 13.50m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: In very good health (Jan 2012).
Tree Form Type: Multi-trunk
Number of Trunks: 8
Tree Form Comments: A profusion of stems arising from near ground level (Jan 2012)
Champion Tree Score: 0
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
05 Feb 1983 Forest Service Officers
30 Jan 1971 Forest Service Officers


Lat/Long: -42.34623845891349 / 171.541066467762
Location Name:
Address: Clifton St
City/Town: Ahaura
Region: West Coast
Location Description: Easily seen behind the last house (now vacant) on the left heading north from the township.
Public Accessibility: Private-Garden
Local Authority: Grey District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 26 Jan 2012
Brad Cadwallader 26 Jan 2012
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