Where’s your favourite cabbage tree?

A horse & buggy travel through cabbage trees in Long Valley, North Canterbury

Following up on Marion’s post about secret gardens in the city, and given that Tī Kōuka is a ‘symbol for our city’, I want to know where your favourite cabbage tree is in the Canterbury.

My personal favourite is in my neighbour’s yard (not far to go!). So where’s yours? On the banks of Avon River? Tucked up in Heathcote Valley?

Find out about the history and importance of Tī Kōuka here.

Check out some other heritage photos of cabbage trees, in Lyttelton, on the River Avon, near the Worcester Street Bridge. Wonder if any of them are still there today …

5 thoughts on “Where’s your favourite cabbage tree?

  1. Jacqui FE 6 December 2010 / 2:09 pm

    I do have a soft spot for the ones in the Burnside High School grounds, corner of Greers and memorial Avenue, it’s a proud stand of trees and seems to withstand students year after year! I always prefer them in public spaces than in my garden as they are so messy to look after!!

  2. jane 7 December 2010 / 11:19 am

    There are an amazing amount of cabbage trees on the way to Hamner, just before the Hurunui river, it almost feels like forest of cabbage trees.

  3. Rach 10 December 2010 / 11:42 am

    My favourite is at our family farm. It grows between the grain shed and one of the silos, and I love the juxtaposition of the naturally pointy cabbage tree and the unnaturally bumpy corrugated iron.

  4. Savinia 13 December 2010 / 5:59 pm

    Right beside my driveway where I park my car at night (hence the constant layer of guano). I love this tree because it is a babe magnet. Every year there are numerous nests. Plenty of insects hide in the leaves so there is lots of food for birdy scavengers, not to mention the abundant seed fronds.I can watch the life of birds from my sunroom window.

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