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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/G1939
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
This cluster of Phoenix palms is alongside the Winter Gardens section of the Auckland Domain, which also houses the Auckland War Memorial Museum (opened 28 November 1929). The original plan was for them to be planted in a double avenue in front of the War Memorial Museum, along with some deodar cedars. The Auckland City Council actually had the palms growing from 1926, but during mid 1929 a public controversy erupted over the planting plans, with some parties still believing the palms would be well suited to the architecture of the museum, whereas others favoured the planting of native trees (pohutukawa and puriri) [1]. Ultimately, the palms were not planted in front of the museum, but to the west by the Winter Gardens. There are other Phoenix palms in the Auckland Domain (by a bandstand), but this group is a distinct cluster making a significant sight on the way to the War Memorial Museum (Lloyd, M., 2023).
Acknowledgement: Thanks to John Adam for his unpublished paper.

1. John Adam, 1996, ‘The tree of knowledge in the garden of … New Zealand’, paper presented to the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, University of Auckland.

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 1930
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 94 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 19
Area Covered: 300 metres
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
13 Dec 2023 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -36.85973124514161 / 174.7747211456299
Location Name: Winter Gardens, Auckland Domain
Address: The Crescent
Suburb: Grafton
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: On the main drive up to the War Memorial Museum
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 30 Nov 2023
Michael Lloyd 30 Nov 2023
Michael Lloyd 30 Oct 2023
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 580-09494 13 Aug 1964
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