In all circumstances, discuss tree and plant selection with us prior to submitting your landscape designs as approval is at the discretion of the Council. In some situations, the plants listed below may be considered appropriate to plant.

Botanic name
(common name)
Reason Street planting Park planting Waterway/ Riverbank planting
Acacia spp
(wattle)
Structural failure No No No
Acer negundo
(box elder)
Structural failure No Yes No
Acer pseudoplatanus
(sycamore)
Weed species No No No
Aesculus hippocastanum
(horse chestnut)
Nuts No Yes No
Ailanthus altissima
(Tree of Heaven)
Weed species No No No
Alnus glutinosa
(alder)
Weed species No No No
Agonis spp
(myrtle)
Structural failure, maintenance requirements No Yes No
Banksia integrifolia
(banksia)
Structural failure No Yes No
Betula pendula
(silver birch)
Seed fall, weed species No No No
Casuarina glauca
(Swamp she-oak)
Weed species No No No
Chamaecyparis cupressocyparis vars Maintenance requirements, debris No Yes No
Cupressus macrocarpa
(Monterey cypress)
Weed species No No No
Cupressus
(cypress)
 Maintenance requirements, debris, canker No Yes  No
Eucalyptus spp
(eucalyptus)
Structural failure No Yes No
Feijoa spp
(feijoa)
Maintenance requirements, debris No Yes No
Fraxinus oxycarpa var ‘Raywoodii’
(claret ash)
Structural failure No Yes No
Fraxinus syriaca
(syrian ash)
Structural failure No Yes No
Gleditsia triacanthos
(honey locust)
Structural failure No Yes No
Ginkgo biloba (female)
(maidenhair tree)
Fruit No Yes No
Ilex aquifolium
(English holly)
Weed species No No No
Juglans regia
(common walnut)
Debris No Yes No
Liquidambar styraciflua
(sweetgum)
Structural failure No Yes No
Malus spp
(crab apple)
Maintenance requirements, debris No Yes No
Maytenus boaria
(mayten tree)
Weed species, suckers No No No
Melia azedarach
(melia)
Destructive roots, debris No Yes No
Paulownia tomentosa
(epaulette tree)
Structural failure No Yes No
Phoenix canariensis
(phoenix palm)
Poisonous fronds, attracts wasps and rodents, maintenance requirements, weed species No No No
Pinus spp
(pine)
Structural failure, debris No Yes No
Picea sitchensis
(Sitka spruce)
Weed species No No No
Pinus contorta
(Lodgepole pine)
Weed species No No No
Pinus nigra
(Black pine )
Weed species No No No
Populus spp
(poplar)
Structural failure No Yes No
Prunus spp
(cherry)
Disease, invasive roots, epicormic growth, decay No No No
Pseudosuga mensiesii
(Douglas fir)
Weed species No No No
Pyrus calleryana
(callery pear)
Poor growth habit No Yes No
Quercus palustris
(pin oak)
Over-represented No No No
Racosperma spp
(wattle)
Weed species, structural failure No No No
Rhus toxicodendron
(Rhus or sumac)
Health associations No No No
Robinia pseudoacacia
(black locust)
Structural failure, thorns, weed species No No No
Salix spp
(willow)
Weed species, structural failure No Yes No
Sorbus aucuparia
(rowan tree)
Weed species, Decay No No No
Taxus baccata
(English yew)
Weed species No No No
Trachycarpus fortunei
(Chusan palm)
Weed species No No No
Ulmus spp
(elm)
Dutch Elm Disease No No No
Zelkova spp
(zelkova)
Dutch Elm Disease No No No
Botanic name
(common name)
Reason Street planting Park planting Waterway/ Riverbank planting
Arthropodium cirrhatum
(reinga lily)
Frost Damage No Yes Yes
Buddleja davidii
(buddleia)
Weed species No No No
Callistemon spp
(bottlebrush)
Maintenance requirements No Yes No
Camellia spp
(camellia)
Maintenance requirements No Yes No
Chaenomeles japonica
(Japanese quince)
Suckers No No No
Cotoneaster spp
(cotoneaster)
Weed species No No No
Erica arboria
(erica)
Weed species No No No
Euonymus europaeus
(spindle tree)
Weed species No No No
Fatsia japonica
(japanese aralia)
Weed species, attracts wasps, maintenance requirements No Yes No
Hoheria sexstylosa
(lacebark)
Unsightly galls No Yes Yes
Hoheria populnea
(lacebark)
Weed species No No No
Juniperus communis ‘Depressa’ Weed species No No No
Nerium oleander
(oleander)
Poisonous, collects rubbish, maintenance requirements No No No
Phormium tenax
(harakeke)
Too large for street gardens, collect rubbish, maintenance requirements No Yes Yes
Prunus laurocerasus
(Cherry laurel)
Weed species No No No
Pyracantha
(pyracantha)
Fireblight No Yes No
Rhamnus alaternus
(Italian buckthorn)
Weed species No No No
Sambucus nigra
(elderberry)
Weed species No No No
Stransvaesia photinia davidiana Fireblight No No No
Syringa vulgaris
(Common lilac)
Suckers No No No
Vibernum davidii
(David vibernum)
Disease No No No
Vibernum tinus
(Lauristinus vibernum)
Disease No No No
Botanic name
(common name)
Reason Street planting Park planting Waterway/ Riverbank planting
Anemanthele lessoniana
(wind grass)
Weed species, tripping hazard No Yes Yes
Argyranthemum frutescens
(paris daisy)
Weed species No No No
Carex jalagellifera
(carex)
Weed species, tripping hazard No Yes Yes
Hedera helix
(ivy)
Weed species No No No
Lobularia maritima
(sweet allysum)
Weed species No No No
Poa cita Tripping hazard No Yes Yes

 

Please note

The above list is under continuous development.  Any planting on Council land or land that will be vested to Council must be approved by a Council arborist or landscape architect.

All planting must comply with the relevant IDS and CSS standards

I additional to the above, do not plant any tree or plant listed in the National Pest Plant Accord, Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy 2005-2015 plus subsequent amendments. There may be other trees and plants (such as dwarf flax) which are not acceptable to Council and that are not listed above.

Some woody shrub species, such as Pittosporum spp, Dodonaea viscosa, Leptospermum scoparium, Kunzea robusta, Myoporum laetum, Hoheria spp or trees such as Cordyline australis are not acceptable as specimen trees but may be used as garden shrubs. There may be some Prunus species acceptable to Council, such as those species less susceptible to silver leaf disease.