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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/1946
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Lloyd, M.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Auckland Grammar School is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious schools. The Mountain Road site was opened in 1916. The Spanish Mission style architecture was chosen after the architects - Mrs Arnold and Abbott - had toured Southern California, being highly impressed with the style [1]. It is quite likely they would have seen Phoenix palms planted along with such buildings, so perhaps that could have been a stimulus for the early – circa 1918 – planting of the Phoenix palm that can be clearly seen to the left of the main building in the 1928 historic photo [2]. However, it is also true that other Phoenix palms already existed in Auckland, as early as 1905 [3], so that could also have been a stimulus for the planting. Either way, the large palm (there are 2 other younger ones) is undoubtedly a significant part of the school's imagery – it seems to have an affinity with the mission style building which is heritage listed. At the time of photography the lawn area was undergoing redevelopment, but clearly the palms were being preserved.
1. Auckland Grammar School website, at: The School’s History.
2. ‘Front and eastern view of Auckland Grammar School', 1928, J Richardson photograph, Auckland Libraries Heritage Collection, 1-W0612
3. Lloyd, M, 2023, The Garden History Research Foundation website;
The significant Phoenix palms of central Auckland.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Phoenix
Species: canariensis
Common names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
Height: 15.00m
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 1918
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 106 years
Tree Health Description: very good
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: Standard Phoenix palm; entry is for the largest of the 3 present
Champion Tree Score: 52
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
11 Jan 2024 Lloyd, M.


Lat/Long: -36.8690477651133 / 174.7692916840276
Location Name: Auckland Grammar School
Address: Mountain Rd, Epsom
Suburb: Epsom
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: In front of main building just inside an entrance arch
Public Accessibility: School/University
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Michael Lloyd 01 Dec 2023
Michael Lloyd 01 Dec 2023
J Richardson 11 Apr 1928
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