Tree planting initiatives

Themed Tree Avenue Project - Dianella 

In 2007 Dianella residents participated in the formation of the Dianella Local Area Plan. One concern raised was loss of bushland and backyard trees. In contrast, the top ranked community preference for the areas future vision was for the suburb to be ‘green and leafy’. 

These sentiments were echoed throughout the City, and resulted with Council introducing a program known as the Million Trees Initiative in 2009.  The initiative set out to increase plantings within our parks, reserves, natural areas and streetscapes. Most recently, Council set a target of 18% canopy cover across the City by 2030.  Dianella currently sits at 11.3%, a figure in decline as the area undergoes a wave of redevelopment. 

The City of Stirling is commited to planting street trees in effort to counteract this decline and to improve the health of our communitites and livability of the area. This September, the City’s contractors will be marking out planting locations (as detailed) with planting to commence shortly thereafter.  The long term result will be an improved streetscape and increased shade for pedestrians and residents. The new trees will be incorporated in to the City’s establishment and maintenance program which  includes watering and pruning.  The trees performance will be monitored and residents are encouraged to supplement water during the summer months.

Themed Avenue Project Dianella

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Bella Donna

Genus and species

Brachychiton acerifolia x populneus

Common names

Bella Donna

Origin

Hybrid of two species originating from southern Queensland, through to north-east Victoria

Aspect of species

  • Australian native
  • Drought toleratnt
  • Seasonal flower display
  • Suits many soil types.
Bella Donna

Description

Smooth gray bark. Leaves are evergreen, glossy dark green in colour. Apricot to bright pink coloured flowers in late spring through to early summer.

Jacaranda

Genus and species

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Common name

Jacaranda, Brazilian Rosewood

Origin

Occurs naturally in the high semi-desert areas of Brazil

Aspect of the species

  • Deciduous / Semi-deciduous
  • Magnificent floral display 
  • Proven as a reliable street tree
  • Easy to grow
  • Tolerates a variety of soils 
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Long lived 
  • Not suited for under power lines.
Jacaranda

Description

Semi-Deciduous in Perth, sometimes retaining leaves until spring or early summer, fern like leaves cover the tree in summer. It has a spectacular floral display in December as mauve tubular flowers cover the bare branches.

Crepe Myrtle - White

Genus and species

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’

Common name

White Crepe Myrtle

Origin

China (Lagerstroemia indica) 

Japan (Lagerstroemia fauriei)

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous
  • Feature bark
  • Attractive pink flowers in summer
  • Drought tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Tolerates any soil type
  • Tolerates high winds.
Crepe Myrtle White

Description

Glossy dark green leaves change to yellow, red and orange in autumn; new leaves have a bronze tint. Bark exfoliates revealing attractive mottled trunks from cinnamon brown to pale cream tones. Produces showy white flowers in summer.

Crepe Myrtle - Pink

Genus and species

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’

Common name

Pink Crepe Myrtle

Origin

China (Lagerstroemia indica)

Japan (Lagerstroemia fauriei)

Aspects of species

  • Deciduous
  • Feature bark
  • Attractive pink flowers in summer
  • Drought tolerant
  • Tolerates heat and high winds
  • Tolerates many soil type.
Crepe Myrtle Pink

Description

Decidious. Glossy dark green leaves that change to yellow, red and orange in autumn; new leaves have a bronze tint. Bark exfoliates revealing attractive mottled trunks from cinnamon brown to pale cream tones. Produces showy candy pink flowers in summer.

Liquidambar / Sweet Gum

Genus and species

Liquidambar styraciflua

Common name 

Liquidambar or American Sweetgum

Origin

Eastern United States, parts of Mexico and Central America

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous
  • Large ornamental shade tree
  • Spectacular autumn display
  • Drought tolerant
  • Fallen leaves make great compost
  • Long Lived.
Liquidambar

Description

Often mistaken for a Maple tree due to the Liquidambars five lobed leaf shape and spectacular autumn colour displays. Leaves are Mid-deep green during summer and changing in autumn to shades of yellow, orange, copper, red and purple prior to falling. Bark is deep and furrowed. Insignificant greenish flowers appear each year while the tree is exhibiting new growth.

Olive - Non / Low Fruiting

Genus and species

Olea europaea

Common name

Olive - Fruiting Includes Kalamata, Manzanillo, California Queen

Origin

Naturally of wide distribution in Africa, Arabia and Himalayan Asia, however varieties grown are generally of cultivated forms.

Aspects of species

  • Hardy drought tolerant tree 
  • Tolerates power line pruning
  • Adapts to a wide variety of soils
  • Edible fruits can be harvested
  • Extremely long-lived
  • Suits a range of landscape styles.
Olive Tree

Description

Evergreen grey green with silvery undersides. Smooth grey bark. Non-conspicuous flowers are followed by small oval fruits. Low/No fruiting varieties planted on request.

Yellow Flametree

Genus and species

Peltophorum pterocarpum

Common name

Yellow Poinciana, Yellow Flame Tree

Origin

Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. Also areas of northern Australasia including Queensland, Northern Territory and nearby islands.

Aspect of species

  • Fast growing

  • Feature tree
  • Semi decidious
  • Small leaf - low leaf litter
  • Spring flower display.
Yellow Flametree

Description

Semi- decidious. Leaves are small, dark green, feathery, clustered leaflets similar to Jacaranda. Yellow clusters of flowers with a pleasant fragrance appear in spring. Long, dark red seed pods follow and remain until following spring.

Manchurian Pear

Genus and species

Pyrus ussuriensis

Common name

Manchurian Pear

Origin

China, Mongolia, Eastern Russia, Korea and Japan

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous
  • Attractive spring flowers
  • Attractive autumn foliage display
  • Hardy
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Tolerates most soil types.
Manchurian Pear

Description

Decidious. The rounded leaves turn from their summer colour of glossy dark green to tones of red, purple and gold during autumn. The colourful autumn foliage is held on the tree for a relatively long time. White flowers (slightly pink when budding) up to 3cm across smother the bare branches during spring. Usually the first of the Ornamental Pears to flower in spring.

Kanooka

Genus and species

Tristianopsis laurina ‘Luscious’

Common name

Kanooka or Water Gum

Origin

East coast of Australia

Aspect of species

  • Cultivar of an Australian native 
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive summer flowers 
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Tolerates most soil types.
Kanooka

Description

Evergreen. Glossy bright green leaves with new growth producing a warm orange flush to the tree. Ornamental grey bark. The combination of glossy leaves and the bark make the Kanooka a great Australian alternative to the Magnolia. Sweet perfumed golden flowers appear in November and December

Chinese Tallow

Genus and species

Triadica sebifera

Common name

Chinese Tallow

Origin

Found growing naturally in warm temperate regions of China and Japan.

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous - allows for winter sunshine
  • Reliable tree throughout the world
  • Autumn colour display
  • Drought tolerant when established
  • Tolerates pruning for power lines
  • Pest resistant.
Chinese Tallow

Description

Waxy green heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow, red and purple in autumn before dropping. Bark is rough and grey with forrows running longitudinally. Produces clusters of conspicuous greenish-yellow and white flowers.

Did you know?

A decline in canopy cover results in reduced air quality and increased summer temperatures.

Themed Avenue Tree Planting - Karrinyup

The suburb of Karrinyup currently has a very respectable 19.5% tree canopy cover; that’s 1.5% greater than the City’s target of 18%. This figure is largely attributed to golf courses and vast bushland in the area.  It is however a drop from the 2016 reading of 20.5%, this decline is associated to the loss of mature trees in residential areas as properties in the area are redeveloped. In effort to combat this canopy loss, the City of Stirling is committed to planting street trees along verges. 

This Autumn, the City will be marking out planting locations as detailed with planting commence shortly after. The long term result will be an improved streetscape and increased shade for pedestrians and residents. 

The new trees will be monitored and incorporated into the City’s establishment and maintenance program which includes watering and pruning. Surrounding residents are encouraged support the project and can help the trees survive with additional water during the drier months.

Themed Avenue Project Karrinyup

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Burgundy Peppermint / WA Weeping Peppermint

Genus and species

Agonis flexuosa

Common Name

Weeping Peppermint, Peppermint Tree, Willow Myrtle

Origin

The Weeping Peppermint grows naturally in South Western Australia. Whilst a few isolated populations exist in the Perth region, the main area of distribution is from south of Mandurah through to Bremer Bay.

Aspect of species

  • Evergreen
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soils including coastal limestone
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Drought tolerant 
  • Long lived
  • Adapts well to power line pruning
  • Recommended by the Asthma Foundation.
Weeping Peppermint

Description

Evergreen. Narrow pendulous leaves form a dense shaggy umbrella shape as the tree matures. The species can live to a great age and develop a characteristic thick, gnarled trunk. The ‘Burgundy’ cultivar has attractive purple-reddish new growth tips. Flowering is variable depending on position and weather conditions for the year. Generally however the tree will develop tiny white flowers along the branches in spring. Flowers can sometimes be so numerous that the tree appears dusted with a light coating of snow.

Poinciana

Genus and species

Delonix regia

Common Name 

Royal Poinciana, Flamboyant Tree 

Origin

Endemic to the dry deciduous forests of Madagascar

Aspect of species

  • Semi-Deciduous in Perth conditions 
  • Tolerate a wide variety of soils
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Drought tolerant.
Poinciana

Description

Semi deciduous, small oval shaped fern like leaves, similar to a Jacaranda. Smooth grey bark.

Bright orange red flowers appear over summer months, can be prolific with ideal soil pH (between 6.5 - 7). 

Silver Dollar Gum

Genus and species

Eucalyptus polyanthemos

Common name 

Silver Dollar Gum Red Box

Origin

Central Victoria extending into central tablelands of New South Wales.

Aspect of species

  • Evergreen
  • Attractive ornamental bark with contrasting foliage
  • Hardy and drought tolerant
  • Excellent nectar producing tree
  • Not suitable for under power lines
  • Seasonal leaf fall generally early summer.
Silver Dollar Gum

Description

Young leaves are intense blue grey and almost circular before maturing into an ovate shape. Bark can be both smooth and rough on one tree. Small white flowers appear in dense clusters during spring and summer followed by small woody pear shaped fruits.

Pincushion Hakea

Genus and species

Hakea laurina

Common Name 

Pin-cushion Hakea

Origin

Native to south-western Australia

Aspect of the species

  • Evergreen
  • WA native
  • Source of nectar for bees
  • Attractive pink flowers
  • Drought tolerant.
Pincushion Hakea

Description

Leaves are thick, smooth and roughly 15cm long with a slight blue-green appearance. Clusters of flower buds develop in early December and open April through till August. Flowers resemble rounded pincushions with white tops and a pink centre.

 

Liquidambar / Sweet Gum

Genus and species

Liquidambar styraciflua

Common name 

Liquidambar or American Sweetgum

Origin

Eastern United States, parts of Mexico and Central America

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous
  • Large ornamental shade tree
  • Spectacular autumn display
  • Drought tolerant
  • Fallen leaves make great compost
  • Long Lived.
Liquidambar

Description

Often mistaken for a Maple tree due to the Liquidambars five lobed leaf shape and spectacular autumn colour displays. Leaves are Mid-deep green during summer and changing in autumn to shades of yellow, orange, copper, red and purple prior to falling. Bark is deep and furrowed. Insignificant greenish flowers appear each year while the tree is exhibiting new growth.

Weeping Paperbark

Genus and species

Melaleuca leucadendra

Common name

Weeping Paperbark

Origin

Northern Australia, New Guinea, Torres Strait

Aspect of species

  • Bird attracting 
  • Evergreen 
  • West Australian native
  • Adapts to many soil types
  • Tolerates coastal locations
  • Spring & Summer Flower display.
Weeping Paperbark

Description

Evergreen, flat lance shaped greyish green leaves. Bark is thick and papery, m ost often white and can appear pinkish. Cream clusters of flowers, appear throughout the year dependent on conditions.

Broadleaf Paperbark

Genus and species

Melaleuca quinquinerva

Common name

Broadleaf Paperbark

Origin

Natural watercourses in coastal New South Wales, extending though Queensland to New Guinea and New Caledonia

Aspect of species

  • Evergreen 
  • Hardy tree grows in most soil types 
  • Tolerates dry and wet conditions 
  • Reliable food source for native birds 
  • Recommended low allergy species 
  • Suitable for powerline pruning.
Broadleaf Paperbark

Description

Evergreen, stiff, dark green leaves with the trunk and major limbs covered in a white papery bark. Creamy-white bottlebrush type flowers appear on the ends of the branches from late summer through to winter.

Olive

Genus and species

Olea europaea

Common name

Olive - Fruiting Includes Kalamata, Manzanillo, California Queen

Origin

Naturally of wide distribution in Africa, Arabia and Himalayan Asia, however varieties grown are generally of cultivated forms

Aspect of species

  • Evergreen 
  • Hardy drought tolerant tree 
  • Tolerates power line pruning 
  • Adapts to a wide variety of soils
  • Edible fruits can be harvested
  • Extremely long-lived
  • Suits a range of landscape styles.
Olive

Description

Naturally of wide distribution in Africa, Arabia and Himalayan Asia, however varieties grown are generally of cultivated forms. Evergreen grey green with silvery undersides. Smooth grey bark.

Almond

Genus and species

Prunus dulcis

Common name

Almond

Origin

Middle East and West Asia

Aspect of species

  • Deciduous
  • Long productive life
  • Good nectar supply for bees 
  • Urban food source for native birds
  • Self-pollinating.
Almond

Description

Deciduous pale green leaves turn yellow before falling in autumn. Bark is dark and coarse. White to pale pink flowers appear in early spring on bare wood. The City plants self-pollinating trees. Fruit matures in the following autumn, 7-8 months after flowering. 

Kanooka

Genus and species

Tristianopsis laurina ‘Luscious’

Common Name 

Kanooka or Water Gum

Origin

East coast of Australia

Aspect of species

  • Cultivar of an Australian native
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive summer flowers
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Tolerates most soil types.
Kanooka

Description

Evergreen. Glossy bright green leaves with new growth producing a warm orange flush to the tree. Ornamental grey bark. The combination of glossy leaves and the bark make the Kanooka a great Australian alternative to the Magnolia. Sweet perfumed golden flowers appear in November and December.

Top Tip

Residents can assist in tree development by watering during the dry summer months.