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Tree Information x

Identifier: MWR/G1929
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Phoenix palms are known to go very well with ‘Spanish Mission’ style architecture (eg. see Stanford University [1]), but this group also shows how well they go with art deco architecture. Libertyland was known as an ‘unmissable landmark’ of Palmerston North during almost 70 years of operation as a clothing factory employing up to 80 staff [2]. As the early aerial photo shows it was originally an imposing building, completed in 1946, on the outskirts of the city [3]. Planted circa 1955 the 16 palms are listed as notable in the Palmerston North District Plan; unfortunately, the building that they grew up around was demolished in 2012 due to the high cost of earthquake strengthening work [2]. After demolition and sale, the first replacement building was for Lychgate Funeral, followed by a Waitomo petrol station, a consequence of the latter was the loss of one palm for a new road entry. The remaining 16 palms are flourishing, albeit not so well complemented by the building style that replaced Libertyland.
1.‘Trees of Stanford’, available at: (https://)
2. Tina White, ‘Behind the scenes of a fixture in the city landscape’, Manawatu Standard, April 7, 2018.
3. Whites Aviation Ltd, Ref: WA-21184-G, Alexander Turnbull Library, record 22809865.

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 1955
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 69 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 16
Area Covered: 100 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
05 Jul 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -40.34076875846555 / 175.60792791843417
Location Name: Lychgate Funeral/Waitomo Petrol
Address: Corner of Tremaine Avenue and Roy St
City/Town: Palmerston North
Region: Manawatu
Location Description: Clearly visible on the Street frontage
Public Accessibility: Road Reserve
Local Authority: Palmerston North City Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 05 Jul 2023
Michael Lloyd 05 Jul 2023
Bayleys Real Estate 06 Aug 2009
Whites Aviation 01 Aug 1949
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