Tree Species Maidenhair Tree (Gingko biloba)
Physical Description Although this particular species is still only young with a slender, erect habit it will eventually have a spreading canopy of nine metres or more.
Statement of Significance Aesthetically significant for its beauty with its fan shaped leaves which turn golden yellow in autumn. The Maidenhair Tree has cultural significance as a symbol of the Sister City relationship with Ushiku in Japan.
Tree Species Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Physical Description A prominent tree which has not yet reached general mature height. Stunning bronze colouring in winter with dense green foliage during warmer months.
Statement of Significance The swamp cypress forms a visually prominent landmark on the corner of the park. The swamp cypress is aesthetically significant for its changing seasonal character, turning a striking bronze in winter. The positioning of the swamp cypress provides a link to the original landform of Robertson Park as a swamp. Associated Heritage Listing: Robertson Park is a Schedule 8 Heritage Item of Regional Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000. Associated document: McCrone, Mark D. Landscape Architect, “Cook and Robertson Parks: Orange Tree Assessment”, July 2003.
Tree Species Washington Palm (Washingtonia robusta)
Physical Description A singular tree located at the front of the Civic Centre. A relatively young species with fan like fronds. Branches closer to the base are dying off, but is typical of this species.
Statement of Significance The Washington palm forms a visually distinctive element within the landscape design of the “Sister City Garden”. The Washington Palm has cultural significance as a symbol of the Sister City relationship with Orange in California, USA.