Commercial zone

These are the main commercial areas of Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, Charing Cross and a number of smaller villages as identified in the Local Villages Project.

Streetscape Character

Each of these areas is unique and provides challenging criteria when selecting and preparing for tree planting. The Bondi Junction zone has shallow soil depth usually over a layer of bedrock with a number of streets affected by shadows and wind turbulence from tall buildings. Bondi Beach is less affected by building shadows but is exposed to strong salt laden winds from the south.  Many Norfolk Island Pine trees on the beachfront were badly affected from the affects of household detergents borne on the onshore winds prior to the ocean outfall. However, these and other trees are now being re-planted with a greater success rate

As noted in the Local Villages Project the smaller local villages from Dover Heights to Bronte would benefit from extra tree planting to create a sense of place and identity

Dominant Trees

Common name Botanical name
Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla
Coastal Banksia Banksia integrifolia
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Honey Locust Gleditsia tricanthos
Brushbox Lophostemon confertus
Fine-leafed Paperbark Melaleuca leucadendra
Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
Plane Tree Platanus x hybrida
Watergum Tristaniopsis laurina

Issues and Considerations

  • Sturdy protection required for newly planted trees
  • Thoroughly assess all the site conditions prior to tree selection
  • Use Water Sensitive Urban Design principles where achievable


  • To plant the most appropriate tree for the constraints of the site
  • Research and evaluate current best practices in tree planting and apply to local conditions where appropriate


  • Discuss tree planting at the concept stage of any landscaping or development project to ensure the best possible outcome for the streetscape
  • Assess each site for possible Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) applications
  • Evaluate the condition of established plantings
  • Research and assess the latest planting methods and apply where possible
  • Establish alternative replacement species as existing Plane trees die or are removed

Preferred Tree Species

Size Common name Botanical name
(to 6 metres)
Ivory Curl Tree Buckinghamia celsissima
Weeping Bottlebrush
Callistemon ‘Dawson River’
Eucalyptus Summer Red & cultivars Eucalyptus ‘Summer Red’
(6 to 12 metres) 
Coastal Banksia Banksia integrifolia
Illawarra Flame Tree Brachychiton acerifolius
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Wilga Geijera parviflora *
Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata
Watergum Tristaniopsis laurina
Waterhousea Waterhousea floribunda
(over 12 metres)
Sydney Red Gum
Angophora costata
Cook Island Pine or New Caledonia Pine
Araucaria columnaris *
Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla
Yellow Bloodwood Corymbia eximia *
Cabbage Tree Palm Livistona australis
Brushbox Lophostemon confertus
Bull-Bay Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
Fine-Leafed Paperbark Melaleuca leucadendra *
Paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
Firewheel Tree Stenocarpus sinuatus
Cotton Palm Washingtonia spp
*= may only be available from specialist native nurseries

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