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Tree Information x

Identifier: MWR/G1902
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This fine 18-aside avenue of Canary Island date palms was planted in 1934 during a period when 'The Esplanade' underwent a variety of improvements under Peter Black, who was the Curator of Reserves from 1908-1946 [1].
The palms had only just become established when three years later a vandal deliberately drove over a whole line of the palms during the night. Thankfully only one was lost and the others were all able to be replanted and survive to this day [2].
Cadwallader, B.G., 2023

[1] Manawatu Standard, New beginnings for Victoria Esplanade, Tina White, Mar 18 2017
[2] Manawatu Standard, MUNICIPAL GARDENS, Volume LVII, Issue 181, 2 July 1937, Page 7

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: 1934
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 90 years
Tree Health Description: In fine health, average height 15m, 25 female/11 male.
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 36
Area Covered: .
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
10 Jul 2023 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -40.3709091 / 175.6159422
Location Name: The Victoria Esplanade
Address: Palm Drive
City/Town: Palmerston North
Region: Manawatu
Location Description: In the middle of the park lining the road near the paddling Pool.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Palmerston North City Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Ho - Google Maps 16 Nov 2022
Manawatu Evening Standard, PNCL 2017N_2017-20_017622 08 Apr 1963
Unknown, PNCL 2007P_P80_RES_0158 01 Jan 1950
Unknown, PNC Library 2011N_P29_006008 01 Feb 1944
Unknown, PNCL 2011N_P30_006009 01 Feb 1944
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