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Tree Information x

Identifier: WGR/1899
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Whanganui has built up a diverse collection of palms in public parks and gardens, and this excellent specimen of the uncommon Chilean wine palm continues that tradition. In the early 1920s Mr James McGregor, a prominent member of the Wanganui Beautifying Society, spent time in Australia ‘on the lookout for choice seeds and plants for the society’, sending these back to Mr Tucker, the district head gardener, for germination and growing-on [1]. Supplemented by purchases from nurseries around the country, this resulted in the great diversity of palms (and other trees) that are now prominent in Whanganui. As can be seen from the photos, recently there has also been mass planting of nikau palms, particularly in Pakaitore (Moutoa) gardens where this Chilean Wine Palm of unknown age stoutly stands.
1. ‘Wanganui Beautifying Society: Annual Report’, The Wanganui Chronicle, Wednesday, March 9, 1921.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Jubaea
Species: chilensis
Common names: Chilean wine palm, coquito palm, honey palm
Height: 8.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: 2 metre marker extrapolated
Girth: 310 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.4 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 98.7 cm
Crown Spread A: 3.00m
Crown Spread B: 3.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 3.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: not known years
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: not known years
Tree Health Description: excellent
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 151
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
05 Jul 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.931840332782876 / 175.05712959170344
Location Name: Pakaitore (Moutoa) Gardens
Address: 1 Taupo Quay
Suburb: CBD
City/Town: Whanganui
Region: Wanganui
Location Description: Historic Park by the riverside in downtown Whanganui
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Wanganui District Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
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