trees

Urban Forest

The Urban Forest is defined as the totality of trees and shrubs on all public and private land in and around urban areas (including bushland, parkland, gardens and streets).

Council’s Urban Forest Policy recognises that the Urban Forest is a vital component to the urban landscape and ecosystem providing such benefits as natural beauty, climatic influence, reduction in pollution, asset protection and social amenity.

Managing Mosman’s Urban Forest

It is Council’s policy that the Urban Forest is conserved, replenished and enhanced, using best management and Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles, while seeking to meet the needs and desires of property owners, residents and other visitors to Mosman.

The instruments used by Council to manage Mosman’s Urban Forest include:

Street Tree Master Plan proposed changes

Council’s current Street Tree Master Plan (STMP) was adopted by Council in 2005 with further amendments adopted in July 2012. The STMP is used for street tree planting works by both Council and residents. It provides surety in species selection for streets and roads in Mosman and is used in the development application process and when residents request for Council or themselves to plant a tree on public land in front of their property.

The aim of the proposed amendments to the STMP is to sustain and further enhance Mosman’s streetscape. Street trees provide habitat corridors for local fauna, increase shading of hard surfaces (such as parking lanes, roadways and infrastructure) and provide significant amenity and character to the local area. Further, the amendments are aimed at reducing long-term maintenance costs and nuisance through more appropriate species selection. Maintaining existing view lines (from private and public land) has also been one of the major considerations when drafting the amendments.

In addition, streets have had species changed to increase the use of current high performing species and to compensate canopy loss resulting from the 10/50 law introduced by the NSW Rural Fire Service. Planting programmes are designed to meet customer planting requests, replace removed trees from public land, add trees to renew canopy in parks and streets and to plant out gaps on streets. The considerations for species selection include:

  • Size of tree in relation to view corridors
  • Plant species history and success in the Mosman area
  • Overhead power lines and the ability for chosen species to be practically managed
  • Available space
  • 10/50 canopy loss on adjoining private properties
  • Size of tree relative to soil availability
  • Tolerance to soil type
  • Ability to be managed as per current management practices
  • Underground services
  • Growth rate
  • Seed/flower fall
  • Drought tolerance
  • Reduction in management costs
  • Retention of existing Biodiversity Corridor and Habitat Link changes as per 2012 amendments

There are a total of 241 streets listed in the current STMP and amendments are proposed for 111 streets. Please refer to attached map showing streets with proposed STMP amendments. Most of the proposed amendments are for one of the two specified species listed for each street. In some streets however where both current species are performing poorly both species have been changed.

It should be noted that growth potential for trees currently within the STMP will rarely reach respective size capacity. This is due to environmental factors which hinder growth potential and may include drought, low amount of growing media and soil pH levels.

Type your street into the search engine below to see if your street has proposed changes. Council is also seeking feedback on the proposed changes. The consultation will close on 9 June 2017 – you can have your say here.

Street NameOrginal SpeciesProposed SpeciesReason For ChangePage
ALEXANDER AVEEleocarpus reticulatus Barklya syringifoliaPoorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aestheticlink
ALMORA ST (LOWER)Banksia integrifoliaJacaranda mimosifoliaChange is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
ALMORA ST (UPPER)Callistemon “kings Park Special’Corimbia eximia ‘nanna’Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area.link
ARBUTUS STLagerstroemia indica Corymbia ficifolia Species better suited for available space.link
ARCHER STLagerstroemia indica (odd) Ginko biloba (even) Jacaranda mimosifolia (odd) Angophora costata (even)Species better suited to available space.link
AVENUE RD (Military Rd to Rangers Rd)Ginkgo bilobaHarpullia pendula Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
AWABA ST (Congewoi Rd to Macpherson St)No Species listedCorymbia ficifoliaChange is more in context with area.link
BALMORAL AVECallistemon ‘kings Park Special’Callistemon salignusStreet identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area new species more appropriate for conditions.link
BARDWELL RDLagerstroemia indica (odd) Acer Buergerianum (even)Harpullia pendula (odd) Lophostemon confertus (even)Species better suited for available space.link
BAY STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (odd) Elaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Xanthostemon chrysanthus (odd) Buckinghamia celsissima or Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, with new species in context with existing avenue plantings.link
BAYVIEW AVEAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Callistemon salignus (both sides)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, with new species being more in context with area providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BOTANIC RDElaeocarpus reticulatus (odd) Delonix regia (odd)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BRAY STLagerstroemia indica (odd) Acer Buergerianum (even)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (odd) Callistemon salignus (even)New species better suited to soften built elements.link
BUENA VISTA AVEElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Buckinghamia celsissima(odd) Eucalyptus sideroxylon (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BULLECOURT AVE (North)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Barklya syringifolia (odd) Angophora costata (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BULLECOURT AVE (South)No Species listed (odd)Callistemon salignus (odd) where sufficient area allowsStreet identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BURRAWONG AVELagerstroemia indica (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (odd) Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
BURTON STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Banksia serrata (odd/under overhead wires) Melaleuca quinquenervia (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CABBAN STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Melaleuca quinquenervia (even)New species better suited to soften built elements.link
CARDINAL ST (School to Prince St)Platanus orientalis (even)Eucalyptus sideroxylon (even)Previous poor species due to proximity to water mains. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CARRINGTON AVE (From Harston Ave)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (odd) Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Jacaranda mimosifolia (odd) Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic. link
CARRINGTON AVE (Bay St to Harston Ave)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (odd) Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Eucalyptus sideroxylon (odd) Banksia integrifolia (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CENTRAL AVE (Pindari Ave to Bay St)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (both sides)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CENTRAL AVE (Spit Rd to Pindari Ave)Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Corymbia ficifolia (odd) Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CLIFTON STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CONGEWOI RD (Ourimbah Rd to Wyong Rd)Backhousia citriodora (even)Callistemon salignus (even)Change is more in context with area and for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CONGEWOI RD (Ourimbah Rd to Burton St)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (odd) Callistemon salignus (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
CORONATION AVEAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Angophora costata (where suitable room allows)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
COUNTESS ST (Ourimbah Rd to Earl St)Banksia serrata (odd) Eucalyptus scoparia (even) Lophostemon confertus (odd) Barklya syringifolia (even)Species better suited for available space and new species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
COUNTESS ST (Wyong Rd to Ourimbah Rd)Banksia serrata (odd)Eucalyptus sideroxylon (odd)Species better suited for available space and new species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
COWLES RD (Killarney St to Military Rd)Eucalyptus botryoides (odd)Callistemon salignus (odd)Species better suited for available space.link
CRUX STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Melaleuca linarifolia (both sides)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
DALTON RDMagnolia soulangeana (both sides)Callistemon salignus (odd) Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Poorly performing species. New species matching existing avenue plantings and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
DUGALD RDAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Gordonia axillaris (odd) Melaleuca linarifolia (even)Species better suited for available space and new species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
EARL STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (odd) Elaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Melaleuca linarifolia (odd) Barklya syringifolia (even)Species better suited for available space and new species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
EDWARDS BAY RDAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Delonix regiaNew species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
EFFINGHAM STElaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Cupaniopsis anacardioides (even) Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
ESTHER RDBanksia integrifolia (both sides) Jacaranda mimosifolia (both sides)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
EURYALUS STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (both sides)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
EVERVIEW AVEAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Fraxinus griffithii (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
FIG TREE WALKAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)No speciesRemove. Area managed as bushland.link
GLOVER STCupaniopsis anacardioides (even)Lophostemon confertus (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
GOULDSBURY STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Lophostemon confertus (odd) Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
GOVERNMENT RDElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (both sides)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
GRECIA LNElaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Melaleuca quinquenervia (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
GURRIGAL STAcer Buergerianum (even)Fraxinus griffithii (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
HUNTER STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (both sides)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
IDA AVEAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Jacaranda mimosifolia (both sides)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings.link
ILUKA RDAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (odd) Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Species better suited for available space and provide for a more interesting aesthetic.link
INKERMAN STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (odd) Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Species better suited for available space and provide for a more interesting aesthetic.link
JAMES STElaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
JULIAN STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Angophora hispida (both sides)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
KAHIBAH RD (Middle Head Rd to Windward Ave)Lagerstroemia indica (both sides)Barklya syringifolia (both sides)Species better suited for available space and new species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
KARDINIA RDElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Callistemon salignus (odd) Gordonia axillaris (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
KILLARNEY ST (Lower level)Banksia serrata (even)Lophostemon confertus (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
KIRKOSWALD AVE (Fairfax Rd to Tivoli St)Lagerstroemia indica (odd)Fraxinus griffithii (odd)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
KIRKOSWALD AVE (Tivoli St to Hopetoun Ave)Lagerstroemia indica (even)Fraxinus griffithii (even)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
LANG STBackhousia citriodora (odd)Eucalyptus botryoides (odd)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
LAVONI STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Callistemon salignus (odd) Buckinghamia celsissima (even)Change is more in context with area.link
LOWER PUNCH STLagerstroemia indica (odd)Fraxinus griffithii (even)Species better suited for available space.link
MACPHERSON STLagerstroemia indica (odd)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (odd)Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
MAJOR STJacaranda mimosifolia (even)Lophostemon confertus (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
MCLEOD STElaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
MELROSE STLagerstroemia indica (odd)Tristaniopsis laurina (odd)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
METHUEN AVELagerstroemia indica (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (both sides)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
MISTRAL AVELagerstroemia indica (even)Fraxinus griffithii (even)Species better suited for available space.link
MORELLA RDAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Angophora hispida (even)Species better suited for available space.link
MOSMAN STLagerstroemia indica (odd) Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (odd) Corymbia gummiferaChange is more in context with area.link
MULBRING STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (odd) Cupaniopsis anacardioides (even)Angophora costata (both sides) Change is more in context with area creating link with bushland.link
MYAHGAH RDElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Cupaniopsis anacardioides (odd) Lophostemon confertus (oval side of street)Poorly performing species. Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
NOBLE STBanksia serrata (even)Cupaniopsis anacardioides (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
OSWALD STElaeocarpus reticulatus (odd) Ginko biloba (even)Fraxinus griffithii (odd) Flindersia australis (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
OURIMBAH RDLagerstroemia indica (odd)Tristaniopsis laurina (odd)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
PARK AVEStreet not park of existing street tree Masterplan Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (both sides)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Limited planting opportunities, however species is suited to available space.link
PARRIWI RDBanksia serrata (both sides)Angophora costata (both sides)Change is more in context with area. Significant loss of Angophora costata trees in recent years due to development.link
PLUNKET RDStreet not park of existing street tree MasterplanBanksia serrata (both sides)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Limited planting opportunities, however species is suited to available space.link
PRETORIA AVEAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Angophora hispida (even)Change is more in context with area and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
PRINCE ALBERT ST (Queen St to Thompson St)Tristaniopsis laurina (odd)Harpullia pendula (odd)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic and can be easily managed AUSGRID pruning.link
PRINCE ALBERT ST (Thompson St to Whiting Beach Rd)Lagerstroemia indica (odd) Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Harpullia pendula (odd) Cupaniopsis anacardioides (even)New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic and can be managed for AUSGRID pruning.link
PRINCE ST (Bardwell Rd to Military Rd)Cupaniopsis anacardioides (both sides)Melaleuca quinquenervia (both sides)Species better suited for available space and increases shade over parking spaces.link
PRINCE ST (Military Rd to Macpherson St)Lagerstroemia indica (odd) Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Cupaniopsis anacardioides (both sides)Species better suited for available space and increases shade over parking spaces.link
PURSELL AVEElaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
QUAKERS RDLagerstroemia indica (even)Xanthostemon chrysanthus (even)Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
QUEEN ST (Prince Albert St to Raglan St)Tristaniopsis laurina (even)Corymbia gummifera (even)Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
RANGERS AVE (Oswald St to Avenue Rd)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (both sides)Poorly performing species. Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
RANGERS AVE (Oswald St to Spofforth St)Elaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Callistemon salignus (odd) Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Poorly performing species. Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area, New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
RAWSON STLagerstroemia indica (odd)Corymbia ficifolia (odd)Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
REDAN ST (Raglan St to Wolseley Rd)Lagerstroemia indica (even)Delonix regia (even)Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
REDAN ST (Raglan St to Almora AveElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Corymbia ficifolia (both sides)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aestheticlink
REGINALD STGinko biloba (odd) Elaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Jacaranda mimosifolia (odd) Backhousia citriodora (even)Poorly performing species. Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
RICKARD AVEBanksia integrifolia (odd) Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Angophora costata (odd) Corymbia ficifolia (even)Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
ROSEBERY STLagerstroemia indica (both sides)Flindersia australis (both sides) Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic and greater shading for parking.link
RUBY STLagerstroemia indica (both sides)Delonix regia (both sides)Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
RYRIE STElaeocarpus reticulatus (both sides)Corymbia eximia ‘nanna’ (odd) Corymbia ficifolia (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
SILEX RDAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Melaleuca quinquenervia (odd) Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
SPIT RDEucalyptus sideroxylon (both sides)Lophostemon confertus or Banksia serrata (both sides dependent on availability of suitable room)Species better suited for available space, provides for a more interesting aesthetic and can be managed for heavy traffic conditions.link
SPOFORTH STLagerstroemia indica (both sides)Buckinghamia celsissima (both sides)Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
ST ELMO STCupaniopsis anacardioides (odd) Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Callistemon salignus (odd) Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (even)Street identified in 10/50 canopy replenishment area. Species better suited for available space and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
STANLEY AVELagerstroemia indica (odd)Angophora hispida (odd)Species better suited for available space.link
THE CRESCENTCupaniopsis anacardioides (odd)Eucalyptus sideroxylon (odd)Changes reflect the existing theme and increases shade over parking spaces.link
THOMPSON ST (Bradleys Head Rd to Burrawong Ave)Banksia serrata (even)Buckinghamia celsissima (even)Change is more in context with area and provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
UPPER AVENUE RDElaeocarpus reticulates (both sides)Callistemon salignus (odd) Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special’ (even)Poorly performing species. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WAITOVU STBanksia integrifolia (odd) Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (even)Jacaranda mimosifolia (both sides)Changes reflect the existing theme, increases shade over parking spaces.link
WARRINGAH RDCupaniopsis anacardioides (odd)Melaleuca quinquenervia (odd)Species better suited for available space. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WHITING BEACH RDCorymbia gummifera (odd) Elaeocarpus reticulatus (even)Callistemon salignus (odd) Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special’ (even)Species better suited for available space. New species providing for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WOLGER RD (Cowles Rd to Noble St)Banksia serrata (odd)Lophostemon confertus (odd)Changes reflect the existing theme and increases shade over parking spaces.link
WOLGER RD (Noble St to Archer St)Lagerstroemia indica (even)Lophostemon confertus (odd)Changes reflect the existing theme and increases shade over parking spaces.link
WUDGONG STLagerstroemia indica (odd) Eucalyptus botryoides (even) Backhousia citriodora (odd) Corymbia gummifera (even)Poorly performing species. Species better suited for available space and provide for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WUNDA RDGinkgo biloba (even)Jacaranda mimosifolia (even)Change is more in context with area and existing avenue plantings and increases shade over parking spaces.link
WYARGINE STAcmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Callistemon salignus (both sides)Species better suited for available space, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WYONG RD (Macpherson St to Shellbank Ave)Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (odd)Callistemon ‘kings Park Special’ (odd)Change is more in context with area, provides for a more interesting aesthetic.link
WYONG RD (Macpherson St to Cowles Rd)Acmena smithii ‘Minor’ (both sides)Harpullia pendula (both sides)Changes reflect the existing theme and can be managed for AUSGRID pruning.link

Urban Forest Management Register

This Register is used by Council as a tool to manage specific trees within the Municipality. The trees listed may be single or groups of trees, on both public or private property, and are considered to have an exceptional value (visually, culturally, naturally or ecologically) within the Urban Forest.

The Register is reviewed wholly every 6 years although trees may be added to the register, including nominations from the public, at any time.