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Tree Information x

Identifier: MWR/G1915
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Palmerston North has some well-known established clusters of Phoenix palms, for example Palm Drive, The Esplanade, dating from 1934 [1], and Awapuni War Memorial, dating from circa 1930 [2]. This group of palms is not so old, dating from circa 1950, however, they are notable for the effort and expense that went into their transplantation. Originally planted at the Showgrounds and A&P Association (see black and white photos), the site was transferred to the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) in 1974 and is now known as the CET Arena. In July 2020 an extensive redevelopment of the site occurred, but in recognition of the historical significance of the palms the PNCC contracted Treescape to transplant 15 palms. It was a significant operation. A recent check by Dave Charnley PNCC shows that two of the palms have not survived the move, and one is looking sickly, nevertheless 12 of the original group are now well-established, and provide a significant landscape effect in an otherwise not heavily planted area (Lloyd, M., 2023).
Acknowledgement: Thanks to Dave Charnley, Palmerston North City Council for information and permission to use historical photos and one recent photo.
1. MWR/G1902
2. MWR/G1904

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 1950
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 74 years
Tree Health Description: Very good, apart from 1 still recovering from transplant
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 13
Area Covered: 75 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
12 Sep 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -40.35717103711754 / 175.60304629802707
Location Name: CET Arena
Address: Corner Cuba St and Waldegrave St
City/Town: Palmerston North
Region: Manawatu
Location Description: South-east entrance to CET Arena Stadium
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Palmerston North City Council


Preview Credit Date
Dave Charnley, PNCC 11 Sep 2023
Michael Lloyd 22 Feb 2023
Michael Lloyd 22 Feb 2023
Dave Charnley, PNCC
Dave Charnley, PNCC
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