This is an isolated row planting of the Queensland Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta). These native pines are usually a highly ornamental rainforest species with a distinctive, broadly spreading canopy. This species can achieve massive proportions, making a dramatic statement under optimum conditions of moisture, good soils and protection from strong winds.
Under the difficult site conditions and close proximity to each other, these five pines continue to struggle and have not yet achieved their full potential. They are approximately 17-18m tall with a spread of 8-10m. They have trunk diameters of 0.6-0.7m when measured at 1.4m above the ground.
This isolated row planting of the Queensland Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta) is a curious botanical statement in the context of this suburban streetscape. They are nevertheless significant as a group at the local level in terms of their aesthetic, and botanical interest.
The Queensland Kauri was a prized and valued component of mid- to late nineteenth century gardens and parkland. It was often planted with other native Australian rainforest pines, such as the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla), Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) and Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii). This species has also been used extensively as a cabinet, furniture and flooring timber since colonial times.
The history and exact reason behind planting this small row planting, its origins and associations with this site is unkown. They appear to have been planted in the 1950’s or 1960’s as they were not present in the street in 1943. It is probably an attempt at street beautification undertaken when the adjacent warehouses/ commercial developments were constructed.