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Tree Information x

Identifier: HBR/G1656
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
A major arterial route, the section of Kennedy Road closest to downtown Napier - Wellesley Road to Georges Drive - was originally planted with London plane trees.

In 1926, the Thirty Thousand Club formed the grass plots flanking the road and in 1929 the club donated Phoenix canariensis, which were planted between the plane trees. The palms were much admired, and in 1939 the planes were removed. By 1943, the palms extended out to Greenmeadows.

When the suburbs of Onekawa and Pirimai were developed south of Riverbend Road, the construction of a dual carriageway road necessitated the removal of the palms flanking the original line of road[1].

[1] Notes taken from 'Notable Trees of Napier',

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: 1929
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 95 years
Tree Health Description: They appear in excellent health
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 52
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
16 Nov 2019 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -39.50193711306517 / 176.89980385220642
Location Name:
Address: Kennedy Road
Suburb: Napier South
City/Town: Napier
Region: Hawke's Bay
Location Description: Locate between Storkey Street Nuffield Avenue
Public Accessibility: Road Reserve
Local Authority: Napier City Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 16 Nov 2019
Dave Williams. Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, W212 (b) 01 Feb 1940
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