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Tree Information x

Identifier: WGR/G1918
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Pukenamu Queen’s Park is a reserve covering 7.2 hectares in the town centre of Whanganui [1]. It houses a War Memorial Centre, several other specific war memorials, and the Sarjeant Gallery, the entrance road to which is lined by this group of Phoenix palms. Overall the park contains 35 Phoenix palms, but this group is the largest and oldest, having been planted in 1938 [2]. This group now has protected status within the park [1]. Originally there were 17 palms lining Campbell St, now renamed Pukenamu Drive, but with the expansion of the Sarjeant Gallery, due to be finished in 2024, 4 palms had to be removed (see the aerial photo [3] showing the full group of the palms in 1958). However, in recognition of the ‘Phoenix Palm trees [being] a distinctive feature of the Reserve’ [1], 2 replacement palms are due to be planted in the western section of the group where only 2 currently stand [1]. Their appreciated status within the park further adds to the significant overall presence of palms in Whanganui [see 4, 5].
1. Pukenamu Queen’s Park Reserve Management Plan 2018, Whanganui District Council, 52 pages.
2. ‘Arbor Day’, Wanganui Chronicle, 2 August, 1938, p. 6.
3. Wanganui, Wanganui-Manawatu Region. Whites Aviation Ltd 1958: Photographs. Ref: WA-47928. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/32057131
4. WGR/G1903
5. WGR/1899

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: 1938
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 86 years
Tree Health Description: very good, construction work going on around some, but well looked after.
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 13
Area Covered: 100 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
10 Oct 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.9306361004201 / 175.05285683274272
Location Name: Pukenamu Queen's Park
Address: Cameron Tce, Pukenamu Drive
Suburb: Whanganui CBD
City/Town: Whanganui
Region: Wanganui
Location Description: Pukenamu Queen's Park in central Whanganui, roadway into Sarjeant Gallery
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Wanganui District Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
Michael Lloyd 04 Jul 2023
Whites Aviation WA-47928 16 Sep 1958
I. Collinge/H & A Design Print 01 Oct 1950
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