Top 10 trees of the Wellington region

SELINA POWELL
Last updated 05:00 04/01/2013
Tawa Bucket Tree
JOHN NICHOLSON/Fairfax NZ

Tawa's distinctive bucket tree. A nearby restaurant and lodge are named afer it.

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From a popular youth hang-out to a stolen piece of Greytown history, here are our top 10 trees of the Wellington region.

1. The Wellington Botanic Gardens macrocarpa - a circular platform formed by branches at the top of the "trippy tree" gives sweeping views of Wellington. Authorities are wary of drunken antics at the site.

2. Days Bay coral - a Huia Rd tree protected by Hutt City Council is the southernmost tree of its kind.

3. Trentham kahikatea - a six-storey tree on the border of Trentham Memorial Park. The towering 31-metre white pine stands just beyond Barton's Bush, with several matai and totara.

4. Lower Hutt magnolia - believed to be one of the first magnolia in New Zealand. The Avalon Cres tree was planted more than a century ago by Lower Hutt politician and gardener Thomas Mason.

5. The Terrace pohutukawa - a bountiful tree that trumped the oldest private club in New Zealand when Wellington City Council ordered The Wellington Club to mould the design of its new building around the pohutukawa.

6. Plimmer oak - the Lambton Quay tree was grown from an acorn sent by George Grey to John Plimmer in 1850.

7. Millennium tree - a kauri sapling planted on January 1, 2000, in the Paraparaumu nikau forest. A time capsule is buried beneath the tree.

8. Paremata eucalyptus - the aged Pine Ave tree has welcomed 142 Christmases  since it was planted by the Brown family in 1870.

9. Tawa bucket tree - a distinctive macrocarpa resembling an overturned bucket. A nearby lodge and restaurant are named after the Boscobel Ln tree.

10. Greytown eucalyptus - standing beside a Greytown church, the tree was reportedly stolen from the wheelbarrow of a man who carried saplings from Wellington to Carterton in 1856. The sapling was taken while its owner visited a Greytown pub.

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