A fuzzy box tree on Grenfell Rd may attract little notice from most but enthusiast Derek McIntosh says it may be the largest of its kind in Australia after travelling the country to find its biggest trees.
Mr McIntosh has visited every Australian state to compile the online National Register of Big Trees over three years, and says two of Cowra's may storm onto the list after he discovered them while visiting the town last week.
Cowra Council's construction engineer Kris Beaumont directed him to the fuzzy box tree on Grenfell Rd near Hartley St, which he suspects could be the largest of its kind in Australia.
"That's a hell of a tree for that type of tree ... My guess is this tree is over 150 years old," he said.
Cowra Japanese Garden's central white box tree is striking to visitors upon entry but Mr McIntosh discovered that at 19m high and 3.44m in circumference it could be one of the country's largest.
In compiling the register Mr McIntosh examines large specimens of each species and uses a measurement system accounting for trees' height, circumference and crown spread to find if they are the largest of their type in Australia.
Both Cowra trees have been put on a 'new nominations' list on the National Register of Big Trees website www.nationalregisterofbigtrees.com.au