Types of street trees

These are the types of trees used in Brisbane City Council's residential street tree planting programs. The Brisbane City Plan 2014 lists tree species suitable for subtropical boulevard and suburban centre plantings.

Trees suitable under powerlines

Trees that are suitable under powerlines include:

  • cuban pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia pallida)
  • golden penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus)
  • ivory curl flower (Buckinghamia celsissima)
  • pink bottlebrush (Callistemon 'Eureka')
  • poinciana (Delonix regia)
  • silver trumpet tree (Tabebuia argentea)
  • tulipwood (Harpullia pendula).

Trees on footpaths 4.5 metres or greater

These trees must have more than 1.5 metres clearance from the kerb or footpath strip.

  • broad leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquinervia)
  • jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)*
  • poinciana (Delonix regia).

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

General street trees

General street trees include:

  • brush box (Lophostemon confertus)
  • bumpy ash (Flindersia schottiana)
  • cassod tree (Cassia siamea)
  • crows ash (Flindersia australis)
  • eumundi quandong (Elaeocarpus eumundi)
  • kaffir bean (Schotia brachypetala)
  • pink trumpet tree (Tabebuia palmeri syn Handroanthus impetiginosus)
  • small leaved lilly pilly (Syzygium leuhmanii)
  • tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)
  • weeping satinash (Waterhousea floribunda)
  • white oak (Grevillea baileyana)
  • yellow poinciana (Peltophorum pterocarpum)
  • leopard tree (Libidibia ferrea)**.

Note: Council uses leopard trees** as new or replacement trees in city centre significant streetscape of Adelaide Street, between North Quay and Edward Street. They do not plant these trees in residential suburban streets.

Last updated: 1 May 2019