Work to plant 46 trees in Highett Street to Malcolm Street in Mansfield will take place over three days, starting Wednesday 3 June.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said planting the six year-old trees is part of a planned renewal program.
“We’re really pleased to see this work underway as part of Council’s commitment to improving the streetscape in Mansfield,” Cr Attley said.
No street closures are required during the planting which will see the Crepe Myrtles replaced with ornamental plum trees and Robinias.
Council’s audit of the Crepe Myrtles showed the current climatic conditions were affecting their health and many of the aging plum trees were also in poor health or were damaged during recent storms.
“The Crepe Myrtles that were still in good health have been relocated to a boundary garden at the playing fields associated with the Mansfield Secondary College at the end of View Street,” Cr Attley said.
The trees being planted along Highett Street as replacements are Prunus x blireana and Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Inermis’ at a cost of $5,067.50.
“We know our community and visitors value the natural environment and the 2013 independent Community Survey conducted by PLOPAL (People Love Our Plums A Lot) highlighted that our community is interested in the street trees,” she said.
“The survey showed people have a strong preference for the purple leafed plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘nigra’) to be retained as a replacement species. The plum trees were favoured for their aesthetic value and historic significance to residents. However, as the purple leafed plum trees are not considered long-lived species, Council considered the future implications of planting a single species.
“All trees require replacement at some time in the future and planting just the one species would result in complete canopy loss at that time. Therefore, we have made the decision to plant the two species; the Mop Top Robinia and the sterile purple leafed plum (Prunus x blireana). This replacement plum tree species is identical in appearance to Prunus cerasifera ‘nigra’; however, will produce no fruit.”