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Tree Information x

Identifier: WTR/G1881
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
These five Phoenix palms were originally planted circa 1965 (see the crop of the black and white 1980 aerial photo below [1]) about 50 metres to the north of where they now grow in front of Wellington Hospital. A major redevelopment of Wellington Hospital finished in 2008, and these palms were dug up from their original site, stored, and then transplanted on 1 June 2008 [2]. This replanting is not long after Phoenix palms were declared a ‘pest plant’ in Auckland, the effort going into transplanting this group shows that the landscape effect of a group of Phoenix palms still has currency. As can be seen from the photos, none of the palms suffered from transplanting, and their landscape effect should only grow as they gain in height and stature ( Lloyd, M., 2023).

1. Aerial view of Newtown, Wellington, with Wellington Public Hospital buildings in the centre. Dominion Post (Newspaper): Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1980/2567-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23153491
2. ‘Tree transplant at Wellington Hospital’, The Dominion Post, 2 June 2008, Edition 2, p. 8.

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: circa 1965
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 59 years
Tree Health Description: excellent
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 5
Area Covered: 40 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
21 May 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -41.30854060341677 / 174.77849990530498
Location Name: Wellington Hospital
Address: Riddiford St
Suburb: Newtown
City/Town: Wellington
Region: Wellington
Location Description: Main entrance to Wellington Hospital
Public Accessibility: Hospital
Local Authority: Wellington City Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 21 May 2023
Michael Lloyd 21 May 2023
Michael Lloyd 21 May 2023
Evening Post: EP/1980/2567-F 05 Jun 1980
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