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Tree Information x

Identifier: HBR/1924
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This Phoenix palm makes a strong contribution to the iconic Taradale First World War Clocktower Memorial. The clocktower was unveiled on December 16 1923 [1]. It has been described as part of the social identity of the local community, and the clock tower along with rose gardens, sundial, fountain, flagpole and WWII Memorial Plunket Rooms across the road, were listed as a category 2 historic place in 2020 [2]. There is no record of planting date, but circa 1938 looks likely: the 1936 historic photo [3] shows no evidence of the palm nor the two pohutakawa close by, however an aerial photo of 1947 shows evidence of all three plants looking about 10 years old [4]. It is no surprise to find a Phoenix palm planted here, as the road where the memorial is situated continues into Kennedy Road, closer to Napier, which has one of New Zealand’s most well known double avenue plantings of Phoenix palms, established in 1929 [5].

1. Taradale First World War memorial', url:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 4-Aug-2017
2. ‘Taradale war memorials earn heritage status’, Hawke’s Bay Today, 7 September, 2020.
3. ‘Taradale Clock Tower, 1936’. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 1784-050.
4. ‘Looking SSW along Gloucester Rd. from bottom ... (Nap1-45/35)’; V.C. Browne aerial photo viewable on DigitalNZ website.
5. HBR/G1656

Single Tree Details

Genus: Phoenix
Species: canariensis
Common names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
Height: 13.00m
Height measurement method: Estimated
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 0 cm
Girth measurement height: 0 m
Girth Comments: not measured
Diameter: 0 cm
Crown Spread A: 4.00m
Crown Spread B: 4.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 4.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: circa 1938
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 86 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 46
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
15 Oct 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -39.532908722824246 / 176.85074555873874
Location Name: Taradale World War One Clocktower Memorial
Address: Corner of Gloucester St and Avondale Rd
City/Town: Taradale
Region: Hawke's Bay
Location Description: Triangular reserve at road intersection with very visible clocktower and Phoenix palm
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Napier City Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Michael Lloyd 15 Oct 2023
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection 01 Oct 1936
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