Many landscape studies exist where landscape analysis and landscape perception surveys have been used to identify ways in which people view landscapes. This article takes a different approach and leaves aside landscaping, landscape planning, landscape construction and focuses on one element in the landscape – trees. It also addresses the issue how to change the image of a city by selecting the right tree.
This article is based on experiences and cases in New Zealand. New Zealand is a young country in terms of European immigration with only 160 years of modern history. New Zealand was inhabited by the Maori over 1000 years ago. They voyaged from other pacific islands and brought with them a limited number of plants and generally hunted birds for food and cultivated their special crops.
- Inner City, Napier. Recent plantings of palm trees providing a subtropical image.
- Oriental Parade, Wellington. Norfolk Island Pines providing a subtropical image.
- Main Streets, Invercargill. Cabbage tree providing the form and texture of a plant that grows in a hot dry area.
- Christchurch. Deciduous trees. Providing an English image.