Columns
Residents' Association Image

Residents' Association

Candidates night success
Read more >>

Business in Southbank Image

Business in Southbank

Gorsia Designs opens in Southbank
Read more >>

St Johns Southgate Image

St Johns Southgate

Heroes and villains
Read more >>

Owners Corporation Law Image

Owners Corporation Law

Why the delay Minister?
Read more >>

Montague Community Alliance

Can you plan a Montague culture …
Read more >>

Housing

We are losing our social licence to operate
Read more >>

Federal Politics Image

Federal Politics

A personally fulfilling outcome
Read more >>

We Live Here Image

We Live Here

Make your vote count
Read more >>

Southbanker Image

Southbanker

Gold “Porsche-un” for Niven
Read more >>

History Image

History

Limbless in Southbank
Read more >>

Yarra River Business Association Image

Yarra River Business Association

There’s so much to love about the Yarra
Read more >>

Skypad Living Image

Skypad Living

Vertical visions of lord mayoral candidates
Read more >>

Health and Wellbeing Image

Health and Wellbeing

Stress in relationships:the sources and the antidotes
Read more >>

Pets Corner Image

Pets Corner

Not so graceful groodles
Read more >>

Southbank Fashion Image

Southbank Fashion

Spring racing in Southbank
Read more >>

Street Smarts Image

Street Smarts

Power Street – Southbank
Read more >>

Letters Image

Letters

Get off your bike!
Read more >>

Melbourne trees vulnerable in the future

08 Dec 2016

Melbourne trees vulnerable in the future Image

By Nadia Dimattina

Melbourne’s city streetscape is set to change after ground-breaking research has prompted the City of Melbourne to reassess which tree species it will plant in the future.

The City of Melbourne, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, has released new research that highlights the vulnerability of trees in Australia’s warming climate.

Principal researcher Dr Dave Kendal explored the vulnerability of tree species currently planted in the City of Melbourne and identified some potential new species that may be more suitable for the city’s climate future.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City of Melbourne was using Dr Kendal’s research to select and trial new tree species in the city.

“The application of this research will lead the world in urban forest planning. We will use it to make evidence-based decisions about which trees we should plant now to ensure our urban forest thrives in future decades,” he said.

The research found that 19 per cent of species growing now in the city were already temperature vulnerable.

It found that 35 per cent of trees would be vulnerable by 2040 and 62 per cent by 2090.

“Trees are a defining part of Melbourne but they are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” Cr Doyle said.

Elm trees lining St Kilda Rd in the Southbank precinct are one of the species that are struggling to cope with Melbourne’s rising temperatures.

“We have identified species that will struggle to survive in Melbourne in 100 years’ time, let alone thrive. These include deciduous trees from colder climates such as the Dutch Elm (Ulmus x hollandica), along with some species of indigenous Eucalypts,” Dr Kendal said.

Dr Kendal believes that change is essential in order to conserve Melbourne’s greenery.

“Climate change is likely to have a significant impact on many of the 375 tree species currently planted across the city. Some species will perform better, while some will perform worse.”

“We have reviewed 1729 new species for Melbourne, many of which will be suitable for Melbourne’s future climate realities,” Dr Kendal said

Trees identified as suitable for Melbourne’s future climate include the sub-tropical South American Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia), the Australian native evergreen Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) and the indigenous Coast Banksia (Banksia integrifolia).

Earlier this year it was announced that hundreds of St Kilda Rd elm trees will be removed to make way for the proposed Metro Rail tunnel.

It has not been revealed what tree species will be planted to replace these matured trees.

However this proposal may be a head start into replacing St Kilda Rd’s elm trees with new climate suitable trees discussed in the Trees for Melbourne’s Future Climate research.

Stay in touch with Southbank. Subscribe to FREE monthly e-Newspaper.

You must be registered with Southbank Local News to be able to post comments.
To register, please click here.