Orange City Council’s tree crew has put the finishing touches on upgrades to Cargo Road by planting more than 50 trees at the entrance to the city.
The trees were planted over two days earlier this month along the southern side of Cargo Road from Ploughmans Lane to Whitton Place, matching the established row of flowering trees already established on the opposite side of the road.
The latest plantings signal the completion of a two-and-a-half-year project to improve the south-western approach to the city.
The Cargo Road upgrade began in 2018 and included rebuilding and widening the road pavement and installing storm water pipes, kerb and gutter, transforming what used to be a country road into a road suitable for an urban area.
Once the construction was completed, trees could be planted alongside the road.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the trees would be an attractive addition to the Colour City and looked forward to watching them mature.
“As Orange has expanded, Cargo Road has become a major entrance for motorists coming into the city,” Cr Reg Kidd said.
“The tree varieties chosen will feature a combination of blossoms and foliage that will add beauty to the area for many months of the year.”
About 50 narrow-growing deciduous prunus trees, Prunus cerisifera ‘Oakville Crimson Spire’, have been planted along the footpath, featuring pale pink blossoms in spring and burgundy foliage, growing to about six metres.
Another row of about six advanced tulip trees Liriodendron tulipifera were planted adjacent to the Ploughmans Wetlands. A larger deciduous tree, growing to 20 metres, these will provide shade in summer and autumn colour.