Flame trees* (Erythrina x sykesii) are extremely resilient street trees but do need a bit of special care to keep them in good condition. Especially if they've previously been lopped. It's not arduous management - just a bit of structural pruning now and then to improve their form and manage the load on their limbs (reduces the likelihood of splits) - but it can have a huge impact on their longevity.
|Renown Ave, Claremont (click to enlarge)|
I was responsible for this avenue of Flame trees in Renown Ave, Claremont when I was Manager Parks and Environment there. I put them under the care of Arbor Centre ** and am pleased to see they're still looking after them.
* In Western Australia, "Flame tree" can refer to either Erythrina OR Brachychiton. I know, I know…
** No, I don't get anything for plugging Arbor Centre. I'm happy to do it because they're good. The best in my opinion.