Street trees

A tree-lined Hunters Hill street

Many streets within the Hunters Hill Municipality have a tradition of avenue plantings of mature street trees. Many date back to the twenties and were planted to commemorate soldiers from the Great War.

It is often difficult to establish and maintain an environment with street trees. Factors such as overhead wires, narrow naturestrips, poor compacted soil, vandalism and lack of water can dictate whether a planting will be successful.

Despite this the benefits of street trees to the community are many and varied and far outweigh any perceived nuisance. Street trees provide cooling shade in those hot summer months for cars and people. Trees reduce glare, absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas and give out oxygen. Trees provide visual relief in our urbanised environment by providing scale and form to our streets and precincts. They stabilise the soil and give birds and other wildlife a habitat.

Council has an active maintenance program for its existing street trees. Most of this work comprises pruning, however occasionally a tree has to be removed because it has declined or it is causing damage to infrastructure. The street tree-planting program is usually implemented in Autumn when soil temperature and moisture are optimum. Other plantings do occur throughout the year and these can be particularly successful if residents help with watering. Council encourages requests from residents who wish to have trees planted in their street. Council has a list of recommended species that can be downloaded below, however other trees will be considered.

General-Native-Plant-List.pdf(PDF, 138KB)

Street Common Name Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5
Allocasuarina species She-oak species
Angophora costata Sydney Red Gum
Angophora floribunda Rough-barked Apple
Arbutus unedo Irish Strawberry Tree
Backhousia citriodora Sweet Verbena Tree
Banksia integrifolia Coastal Banksia
Banksia serrata Old Man Banksia
Buckinghamia celsissima Ivory Curl Flower
Callicoma serratifolia Black Wattle
Callistemon viminalis Weeping Bottlebrush
Calodendrum capense Cape Chestnut
Camellia sasanqua Sasanqua
Ceratopetalum gummiferum NSW Christmas Bush
Corymbia gummifera Red Bloodwood
Corymbia ficifoia Flowering Gum
Cupaniopsis anacardiodes Tuckeroo
Eucalyptus capitellata Brown Stringybark
Eucalyptus curtisii Plunkett Mallee
Eucalyptus globoidea White Stringybark
Eucalyptus paniculata Grey Ironbark
Eucalyptus tereticornis Forest Red Gum
Ficus rubiginosa Port Jackson Fig
Glochidion ferdinandi Cheese Tree
Gordonia axillaris Fried Egg Plant
Jacaranda mimosifolia Blue Jacaranda
Koelreuteria paniculata Golden Rain Tree
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle
Livistona australis Cabbage Tree Palm
Lophostemon confertus Brush Box
Melalaeuca linarifolia Snow-in-Summer
Melia azedarach White Cedar
Schinus areira Peppercorn Tree
Sorbus aucuparia Rowan Tree
Syncarpia glomulifera Turpentine
Syzygium species Lillypilly
Tristaniopsis laurina Water Gum