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Tree Information x

Identifier: WKR/G1260
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: McCathie, P.
Registration Category: Historic tree – National interest
General Notes:
This avenue of Phoenix palms were planted following the 1922 visit by Lord Jellicoe (New Zealand's Governor-General at the time) and Lady Jellicoe when they visited the township to unveiled the First World War memorial located on the main street[1]. The streets had been dressed with bunting and greenery for the visit and Lady Jellicoe asked if the plantings were permanent, to which it was responded that they were. At the very next town meeting this was acted upon and Phoenix palms were subsequently chosen[2]. Several pohutukawa were also planted at the time but many have since been removed.
The head of one of the Phoenix palms failed in strong winds on 28 April 2014[3]. The palms range in size from 10m to 15.2m (McCathie, P. 2014).
1) WHERE GOVERNORS ARE RARE Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 101, 1 May 1922, Page 4
2) Raglan District Museum, Bow Street Palms. See a number of historic images of the palms taken over the years including an image of the unveiling of the war memorial.
3) Waikato District Council. Gordon Bailey pers.comm. email 6 Jan 2015.

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Phoenix
Feature Tree Species: canariensis
Feature Tree Common Names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: 1922
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 102 years
Tree Health Description: Good although one has fallen over.
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 14
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Avenue


Date Observer Action
11 Dec 2014 McCathie, P.


Lat/Long: -37.80004151972205 / 174.8696978280334
Location Name:
Address: Bow Street
City/Town: Raglan
Region: Waikato
Location Description: Growing in islands down the middle of the main street in Raglan
Public Accessibility: Road Reserve
Local Authority: Waikato District Council


Preview Credit Date
Paul McCathie 11 Dec 2014
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