New trees for city centre

During the first stage of the City Centre Renewal, 19 English plane trees will be removed and replaced with 30 mature Chanticleer ornamental pear trees (Pyrus calleryana).

In 2014 the Council received overwhelming feedback from the traders and the public that the large leaves and tree roots of the plane trees created problems including blocked shop gutters and some disturbance to the road surface and footpaths. 

The plane trees were planted at a time when root barriers were less commonly used.

The removal of the trees will allow for maintenance of the water main, upgrade of drainage and widening of the footpath.

The new trees will come in large 300-litre tubs and be installed between parking bays, further away from shopfronts.

“These trees will have healthy and extensive root systems and are already three to four metres in height,” Director City Infrastructure Scott Cavanagh said.

“This variety of ornamental pear was selected for its upright form, resistance to wind, attractive foliage and tough disposition.

“They have now been extensively planted as street trees both internationally and in Australia.

“The Chanticleer pears can reach 11m and their dark green leaves change colour seasonally, turning from gold to plum and burgundy in autumn. 

“In spring they are covered in white flowers. The trees will eventually spread up to 7m in diameter, creating ample shade during hot summer days.”

The trees will be installed on a structural planter cell to stabilise the root ball and prevent compaction of the soil around the base of the trees. 

Root barriers will help protect underground assets including water mains and telecommunication cables.

Stage I of the City Centre Renewal will be carried out over February to October this year.