Monday, 30 January 2012 14:06

New Zealand's Tallest Kowhai Tree

Written by  Katherine Huynh
New Zealand's Tallest Kowhai Tree Images courtesy of Manawatu District Council

The township of Feilding is known for its collection of kowhai trees where they live in Kowhai Park.  Nearby in the Kitchener Park bush reserve is New Zealand's tallest kowhai tree.

A sign made from recycled waste tawa out of the park points towards the 20 metre-high kowhai that was discovered in 1967 and is believed to be about 120 years old.

Park Curator, Gavin Scott, said the tree was a park feature.  Visitors heading to the kowhai may also spot a “new” find, the native climbing plant, clematis paniculata, which had not been seen in the park for at least 15 years. Members of the Marton branch of Forest and Bird discovered the climber, which features a striking white flower, on a recent visit.

Mr Scott said the “exciting discovery” lifted the species count and proved that such plants would regenerate if the suffocating weed, wandering dew, was removed.

Information and images courtesy of Bob Williams, Manawatu District Council.

Last modified on Monday, 30 January 2012 14:40
Katherine Huynh

Katherine Huynh

I love all things online, blogging and getting out and about taking photographs of amazing details and big vistas on Instagram.  I like meeting humble and interesting people who have made this place their home.  I'm always on the lookout for new bloggers for www.manawatunz.co.nz, so let me know if you're interested in finding out more.

My role involves digital marketing, helping out the team with whatever is going on and I'm a founding organiser and member of DigiGroupies.

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