Alexandra Avenue Boulevard Planting Project

Thank you for your feedback. Council is currently reviewing the feedback received in the development of the Concept Plan.


The City of Stonnington is seeking to increase canopy cover and enhance public amenity through tree planting projects. The Alexandra Avenue Boulevard Planting Project aims to create a signature and identifiable boulevard with distinctive tree species that complement the existing residential character of the area and also respond to the Yarra River Biodiversity Project.

In planning and implementing this boulevard, it is recognised that Alexandra Avenue has existing, mature trees, although with no defined planting scheme. Given this, it is envisaged that the transition to a planned boulevard will take place over a number of years. A phased implementation, where trees are removed and replaced in a staged process over a number of years will allow a signature boulevard to be realised over time, while also not necessitating the removal of all trees at the same time. High value existing trees will be retained and highlighted, hazardous and low value trees will be progressively removed and replaced and new plantings will occur with minimal disruption.

Project Site

The Alexandra Avenue Boulevard Planting Project site is between Punt Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra. The project sits adjacent to the Yarra River Biodiversity Project that the City of Stonnington has been implementing over the past four years.

Existing Trees

Trees in Decline

Alexandra Avenue has a number of existing trees of varying species, age and health. An independent arborist has assessed the trees along the avenue and determined that many are structurally compromised and require removal. This presents an opportunity to enhance the streetscape with the creation of a defining boulevard planting.

Feature Trees

Alexandra Avenue contains a number of high value mature trees that enhance the streetscape. The most notable of these are the two English Elms adjacent to Melbourne High School and three Spotted Gums opposite Darling Park. These trees are a feature of the area. The proposed concept plan aims to complement these significant trees and enhance their prominence. These trees, and other healthy mature trees in the project area, will provide the structure for the new plantings and continue to provide shade and greening while new plantings are becoming progressively established.

Concept Plan and Species Selection

The concept plan aims to provide a vision for an identifiable boulevard with distinctive, feature tree species that provide a uniformity of tree form and a regularity of spacing. In developing the concept plan, particular consideration was given to the two quite distinct landscape characters of the northern and southern sides of Alexandra Avenue.

After careful deliberation it was decided that the planting design that best complements the existing unique characters of both sides of the road is an avenue comprised of two different species on either side of the road.

The northern side is characterised by the Yarra River and the native landscaping of the Yarra River Biodiversity Project. The concept plan proposes an avenue of Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata) on the northern side.

The southern side is characterised by the established European style housing and has historically been planted with European species. An avenue of Pin Oaks (Quercus palustris) is proposed for this side. This exotic, deciduous tree will provide beautiful colour in autumn and shade in summer.

Significant, mature trees will be retained and their presence enhanced by the proposed concept plan.

Approach to implementation

A staged removal and replacement process allows for new trees to grow and become established as trees are progressively removed. This phased approach maintains a relatively stable, or increasing, level of canopy cover throughout the implementation process.

The tree removal and replacement works include:

  • Infill planting - up to 27 sites have been identified where there is space for an additional tree to be planted where there currently is not one. Planting these sites will immediately increase the canopy cover and enhance the amenity of the site.
  • Short term removal and replacement of trees in significant decline that have a limited useful life expectancy or present a hazard to the community.
  • Progressive removal and replacement of lower value trees that will not enhance the avenue in the long term. Strategic removal of these trees will enable better spacing and an increased number of new trees.

Large tree stock will be planted to immediately enhance the streetscape. Trees will be between 2.5 – 3.0m in height when planted.

Two information sessions were held to discuss the proposed plans.

Thank you for your feedback. Council is currently reviewing the feedback received in the development of the Concept Plan.


The City of Stonnington is seeking to increase canopy cover and enhance public amenity through tree planting projects. The Alexandra Avenue Boulevard Planting Project aims to create a signature and identifiable boulevard with distinctive tree species that complement the existing residential character of the area and also respond to the Yarra River Biodiversity Project.

In planning and implementing this boulevard, it is recognised that Alexandra Avenue has existing, mature trees, although with no defined planting scheme. Given this, it is envisaged that the transition to a planned boulevard will take place over a number of years. A phased implementation, where trees are removed and replaced in a staged process over a number of years will allow a signature boulevard to be realised over time, while also not necessitating the removal of all trees at the same time. High value existing trees will be retained and highlighted, hazardous and low value trees will be progressively removed and replaced and new plantings will occur with minimal disruption.

Project Site

The Alexandra Avenue Boulevard Planting Project site is between Punt Road and Chapel Street, South Yarra. The project sits adjacent to the Yarra River Biodiversity Project that the City of Stonnington has been implementing over the past four years.

Existing Trees

Trees in Decline

Alexandra Avenue has a number of existing trees of varying species, age and health. An independent arborist has assessed the trees along the avenue and determined that many are structurally compromised and require removal. This presents an opportunity to enhance the streetscape with the creation of a defining boulevard planting.

Feature Trees

Alexandra Avenue contains a number of high value mature trees that enhance the streetscape. The most notable of these are the two English Elms adjacent to Melbourne High School and three Spotted Gums opposite Darling Park. These trees are a feature of the area. The proposed concept plan aims to complement these significant trees and enhance their prominence. These trees, and other healthy mature trees in the project area, will provide the structure for the new plantings and continue to provide shade and greening while new plantings are becoming progressively established.

Concept Plan and Species Selection

The concept plan aims to provide a vision for an identifiable boulevard with distinctive, feature tree species that provide a uniformity of tree form and a regularity of spacing. In developing the concept plan, particular consideration was given to the two quite distinct landscape characters of the northern and southern sides of Alexandra Avenue.

After careful deliberation it was decided that the planting design that best complements the existing unique characters of both sides of the road is an avenue comprised of two different species on either side of the road.

The northern side is characterised by the Yarra River and the native landscaping of the Yarra River Biodiversity Project. The concept plan proposes an avenue of Spotted Gums (Corymbia maculata) on the northern side.

The southern side is characterised by the established European style housing and has historically been planted with European species. An avenue of Pin Oaks (Quercus palustris) is proposed for this side. This exotic, deciduous tree will provide beautiful colour in autumn and shade in summer.

Significant, mature trees will be retained and their presence enhanced by the proposed concept plan.

Approach to implementation

A staged removal and replacement process allows for new trees to grow and become established as trees are progressively removed. This phased approach maintains a relatively stable, or increasing, level of canopy cover throughout the implementation process.

The tree removal and replacement works include:

  • Infill planting - up to 27 sites have been identified where there is space for an additional tree to be planted where there currently is not one. Planting these sites will immediately increase the canopy cover and enhance the amenity of the site.
  • Short term removal and replacement of trees in significant decline that have a limited useful life expectancy or present a hazard to the community.
  • Progressive removal and replacement of lower value trees that will not enhance the avenue in the long term. Strategic removal of these trees will enable better spacing and an increased number of new trees.

Large tree stock will be planted to immediately enhance the streetscape. Trees will be between 2.5 – 3.0m in height when planted.

Two information sessions were held to discuss the proposed plans.