In March 2012 I wrote about the removal of 2 Tulip street trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) in Marrickville Road shopping strip – http://bit.ly/PnZrsW. Marrickville Council said they had to remove the trees because, “Civil works are required to upgrade the stormwater system, which incorporates construction of a large diameter pipe to alleviate flooding, & repair of the adjacent footpath.” They also said they would replace the trees with 2 other Tulip trees, but not when they would do this.
Last week I saw that the works had finished & Nandinas had been planted, but no street trees. There are 5 Nandina plants in one verge garden & 6 in the other.
This section used to be quite attractive. The 2 Tulip trees offered lovely dappled shade in summer. There was a bench seat, plus a hedged garden around the trees filled in with Bird of Paradise plants (Strelitzia). This effect was repeated directly across the road so visually we were treated to a much-needed burst of green reaching 3-storeys high on either side of Marrickville Road. This was the leafier end of Marrickville Road & to me, looked much nicer due to the presence of the trees.
Perhaps Marrickville Council will plant replacement trees during the 2013 planting season or perhaps this is how it will remain.
A row of Nandinas in the middle of a verge has also been planted in the verge near the corner of Addison & Illawarra Roads Marrickville. It comes down to personal taste, but to me, these are very uninspiring plants, especially when surrounded by woodchip. I understand why they are used as they are incredibly tough plants.