Trees pay a vital role in the makeup of our parks in Hobsons Bay.
They have a number of benefits that ensure our parks are functional and inviting. These benefits include:
- shade - the ambient temperature around trees is cooler and the larger the tree canopy, the greater the cooling effect
- trees clean our air - trees remove gaseous pollutants by absorbing them through the leaf surface as well as capturing and removing particles from the air
- economic benefits - trees improve the economic performance of the city by increasing the attractiveness of business and tourism areas. People typically linger, relax and have activities in tree- filled parks
- environmental conservation - park trees provide habitat and food sources for native and exotic animals
The following are some of the trees that are more suited to our parks and reserves than our streets:
- Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa - large-fruited yellow gum
- Eucalyptus melliodora - yellow box
- Brachychiton rupestris - Queensland bottle tree
- Eucalyptus camaldulensis - river red gum
- Corymbia citriodora - lemon-scented gum
- Corymbia maculata - spotted gum
- Eucalyptus sideroxylon - mugga ironbark
- Angophora costata - smooth barked apple
- Ficus Macrophylla – Moreton Bay Fig
Eucalypts make excellent park trees, providing shade and visual interest to our parks and reserves and helping reduce the heat island effect.
Lemon-scented gums give off a beautiful lemon smell - especially after rain. You can find a few of these trees in Crofts Reserve, Altona North and more will be planted around Hobsons Bay.
Two trees that are native to the Melbourne area - yellow boxes and river reds - can be seen in a number of our parks and reserves. There are plantings in Newport Lakes and Paisley Park and more will follow. Yellow boxes are planted in Altona Meadows Reserve, Truganina Park, AB Shaw Reserve and Paisley Park. River reds are common around Cherry Lake, McCormack Park, Paisley Park and along Skeleton Creek near Point Cook Road.
The Queensland bottle tree makes for a beautiful park tree. There are a few examples near the Arboretum at Newport Lakes Park.
Spotted gums are easily distinguished by their spotted bark and familiar to anyone who has driven down Ferguson Street, Williamstown and are present throughout many parks in Hobsons Bay. Yellow bloodwoods and smooth barked apple trees, like the spotted gums, are more common to the woodland around Sydney – however they also suitable for Hobsons Bay. Mugga ironbarks are another NSW tree and a number grow in Loft Reserve, Digman Reserve and Newport Lakes.
The Moreton Bay figs of Logan Reserve have become iconic with their thick, prominent buttressing roots and long sprawling branches. These features make it a great tree for kids to play in.
PHOTO: a particularly orange trunked Corymbia citiodora (left) and the camouflage-style bark of a river red gum (right)
PHOTO: The iconic Moreton Bay at Logan Reserve