Street Tree Species Trials
Street tree trials have been a fundamental part of TREENET since its inception in 1997.
Since it was discussed at TREENET’s first symposium, the focus on tree species selection remains along with other factors which impact on the effective functioning of urban trees.
Growing healthy trees in urban streets where conflicts involving space, soil and water are usual is as much about planning for, building and managing urban spaces, as it is about selecting tree species.
Much has been written on tree species selection and related issues such as climate change and papers have been presented at past Symposia.
As TREENET was formed at the Waite Arboretum, it was inevitable that many of the original street tree trials focused on species planted there, which had proved themselves. Other trial species were contributed by the nursery industry.
Early trials included the Wilga (Geijera parviflora), Chinese pistachio (Pistachia chinensis) and Crows Ash (Flindersia australis).
Check out the following resources which have been extracted from TREENET’s significant collection of academic papers and case studies:
In July 2007 Brisbane City Council published an Avenues of Honour Research Report about twenty four known memorial and commemorative tree planting sites within the Brisbane City Council area, in support of the national project. Among those planting sites are some of the earliest plantings in Australia undertaken in 1917 for local soldiers who lost their lives in World War One…