Regular trimming will keep your palm trees looking healthy and tidy. For palms that are in the way or cause a nuisance, complete removal will allow you to replant if desired.

Read our information on Palm removal.

Palm trimming

Palm trimming should generally be carried out at least once a year, sometimes more frequently to avoid damage from dead fronds when they fall off.

We can trim any species of palm including smooth tall Queen palms and the spikey tough to climb Washingtonia.

Reasons to trim palms

  • Frond removal for aesthetics
  • Frond removal for damage prevention
  • Increased light
  • Possum and rodent prevention
  • Seed pod removal
  • Husk removal

Palm removal

If trimming is not an option Tree King can remove any palm, anywhere! Using our experienced arborists and advanced lowering techniques even the most tricky palms can be removed safely without damage to surrounding vegetation or property.  Once removed we can grind the palm stump out completely so you can replant something more preferable.

Phoenix palm removal

Phoenix palms can be problematic in New Zealand due to their fast growth and propensity to spread by dropping seeds.

The plant is on the the list of environmentally damaging plants which means in most cases they can be removed without resource consent, regardless of size. 

Phoenix palm removal is a challenging task due to the sharp, poisonous spikes and unhygienic nests of pigeons and rats that frequently occupy the canopy. For health and safety reasons, our preferred methods of removal are either straight felling or utilising a crane or aerial lift (such as a cherry picker).

Phoenix palms are a lot easier to deal with when they are small, so if yours is in an inappropriate place we suggest you act now!

Reasons to remove Phoenix palms

For more advice on palm removal speak to the experts today!


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November 2018

“Great job by the Tree King lads removing our enormous Washingtonian palm and tidying up the trees on our section. Arrived exactly on time, job was completed quickly and to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend them and will be using their services again in the future :)”

September 2018

“Great job as usual, polite guys, cleaned up well and left the place looking great.”

October 2018

“We have been working with Tree King for the last five years.  During this time we have found them efficient, co-operative and very safety conscience during any tree removal.  They are polite and professional to deal with.  We thoroughly recommend Tree King and its staff for a great job well done.”

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October 2018

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April 2018

“….This is the second time we have used them for tree cutting, crown lifting, shaping and hedge cutting on a large scale. They are very professional, courteous, on time, tidy and produce the service and results they said they would….”

November 2018