Chilean Wine Palms, 100 yrs old. Two of perhaps ten mature specimens in NZ, planted around the end of the nineteenth century. There are two more on Kawau Island.
Howea belmouriana, an uncommon, slower-growing Kentia native to Lord Howe Island, with distinctive arching fronds.
Hedyscepe canterburyana. A brilliant palm from Lord Howe Island, with immaculate recurved fronds and silvery crownshaft. Very rare.
Brahea edulis. An outstanding slow-growing fan palm from northern Mexico. This specimen is ninety years old. It does not have spiny leaf stems, and has a distinctive weathered trunk.
Trachycarpus fortunei. The Japanese Fan Palm was popular in Victorian England and suits older style villas, etc. Can have abundant flowers and seeds in cultivation. Specimens generally have a thick coat of matting on the trunk which can be removed without harming the plant for a cleaner look.
Rhopalostylis bauerii, a hardy, faster-growing nikau native to the Kermadec Islands. Can handle full sun. Has distinctive red seeds late spring to late autumn.
Strelitzia nicolai, the clump-forming giant bird-of-paradise plant. Individual trunks last eighty years or more. There are two large specimens in both Sydney Botanical Gardens and Albert Park in Auckland. Plants usually flower for four months.
Majestic palm, Introduced from Madagascar about twenty years ago. A fairly quick-growing palm which prefers damp conditions.
Lepidozamia peroffskyana, a large-growing cycad from Australia with a distinctive female cone.

 

Chamaedorea woodsoniana, an amazing shade-loving palm with green seeds on red stems. It also produces short roots from the trunk above ground.
Another relative of the shade-loving Chamaedorea woodsoniana with distinctive orange seeds.