Types of street trees

Brisbane City Council has a range of street tree species suitable for planting across the city. These tree species are known to be:

  • good performers in the street environment
  • low maintenance
  • climate-resilient.

Council has identified six different landscape character precincts as the basis for appropriate tree species selection. These precincts are based on elevation and geography across the city. Brisbane's landscape precinct types include:

  • coastal - located on the coast to Moreton Bay
  • wetlands - areas of permanently or seasonally flooded land at Boondall Wetlands
  • riparian - creekside land along citywide waterways
  • undulating plains - suburban areas comprising plains and rolling hills
  • higher land - prominent hills in elevated areas
  • arterial roads - major roads with high levels of traffic.

Street tree species

This table includes Council's list of approved street tree species and includes common name, botanical name and landscape character precincts.
Common name Botanical name Landscape character precinct/s
Australian Tulipwood Harpullia pendula Coastal, riparian, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Bennett's ash Flindersia bennettii Riparian, arterial roads
Blueberry ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus Riparian, undulating plains
Blunt-leaved tulip Harpullia hillii Undulating plains, arterial roads
Broad-leaved lilly pilly Acmena hemilampra Coastal, riparian, arterial roads
Broad-leaved paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia Coastal, wetlands, riparian, undulating plains, arterial roads
Brown gardenia Atractocarpus fitzalanii Riparian
Brown pine Podocarpus elatus Coastal, riparian, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Brush box Lophostemon confertus Coastal, riparian, undulating plains, higher land, arterial road verges
Bumpy ash Flindersia schottiana Coastal, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Camphorwood Cinnamomum oliveri Riparian, undulating plains, higher land
Coast banksia Banksia integrifolia Coastal, arterial roads
Crown of gold tree Barklya syringifolia Arterial roads
Crow's ash Flindersia australis Undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Eumundi quandong Elaeocarpus eumundi Riparian, arterial roads
Fine-leaved tuckeroo Lepiderema pulchella Riparian
Flame tree Brachychiton acerifolius Higher land, arterial roads
Fraser Island apple Acronychia imperforata Coastal, riparian, undulating plains
Golden shower Cassia sp 'Paluma Range' Arterial roads
Hairy alectryon Alectryon connatus Coastal
Hard quandong Elaeocarpus obovatus Coastal, wetlands, riparian
Hill's fig Ficus hillii Arterial roads
Hoop pine Araucaria cunninghamii Coastal, riparian, higher land, arterial roads
Ivory curl Buckinghamia celsissima Undulating plains, higher land
Jacaranda* Jacaranda mimosifolia Coastal, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Lacebark tree Brachychiton discolor Arterial roads
Lancewood  Dissiliaria baloghioides Riparian, undulating plains, higher land
Leichhardt bean Cassia brewsteri Higher land
Lemon-scented myrtle Backhousia citriodora Coastal, riparian, undulating plains
Leopard ash Flindersia collina Riparian, higher land, arterial roads
Malletwood Rhodamnia argentea Riparian, higher land
Moreton Bay fig Ficus macrophylla Arterial roads
Native frangipani Hymenospermum flavum Arterial roads
Orange boxwood Denhamia celastroides Riparian, undulating plains, higher land
Pale pink trumpet tree Tabebuia pallida Undulating plains, higher land
Pink flowering bottlebrush Callistemon eureka Wetlands, riparian, undulating plains, higher land
Pink lace flower Archidendron grandiflorum Artieral roads
Pink trumpet tree Handroanthus impetiginosus Undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Poinciana Delonix regia Coastal, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Port Jackson fig Ficus rubiginosa Arterial roads
Queensland kauri pine Agathis robusta Higher land, arterial roads
Queensland tree waratah Alloxylon flammeum Riparian, arterial roads
Red flowering tea tree Melaleuca viridiflora (Red)  Coastal, wetlands, riparian, arterial roads
Rose satinash Syzygium francisii Wetlands, riparian
Silky oak Grevillea robusta Higher land, arterial roads
Silver trumpet tree Tabebuia argentea Arterial roads
Small-leaved fig Ficus obliqua Arterial roads
Small-leaved lilly pilly  Syzygium luehmannii Riparian, undulating plains
Small leaved tuckeroo Cupaniopsis parvifolia Coastal, riparian, undulating plains, higher land
Swamp box Lophostemon suaveolens Coastal, wetlands, riparian
Tamarind tree Tamarindus indica Higher land, arterial roads
Tree wisteria Bolusanthus speciosus Higher land, arterial roads
Tuckeroo tree Cupaniopsis anacardioides Coastal, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Velvet bean tree Cassia tomentella Higher land
Water gum Tristaniopsis 'Luscious' Riparian
Weeping fig Ficus benjamina Arterial roads
Weeping satinash Waterhousea floribunda Riparian
White tamarind Elattostachys xylocarpa Coastal, riparian, undulating plains, higher land
White bauhinia Lysiphyllum hookeri Coastal, undulating plains
Willow bottlebrush Melaleuca salicina Coastal, wetlands, riparian
Yellow boxwood Planchonella pohlmaniana Higher land
Yellow poinciana Delonix regia var Flavida Coastal, undulating plains, higher land, arterial roads
Yellow tulipwood Drypetes deplanchei Riparian, undulating plains, higher land

* Note - Council does not plant jacaranda trees within one kilometre of natural areas and environmentally sensitive areas.

Last updated: 30 September 2021