The Azarole Hawthorn hybrid located in Victory Park, Traralgon is the only known example of the species in Victoria. The tree is a native of W. Asia, N. Africa and S. Europe and is recorded in the Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia. The tree is likely to be hybrid of Crataegus azarolus. No other hybrid specimens are known in Victoria. The tree is a large specimen with a trunk circumference at ground level of 2.2m, height 10.5m and canopy spread 12m, and features attractive white flowers in spring, large 2cm diameter yellow - orange fruits, and attractive red and yellow leaf colour in late autumn. The tree was formerly located on the site of the former Traralgon Methodist Church in Post Office Place Traralgon. To facilitate development on the former church site a permit was issued in July 2008 and the tree was transplanted to Victory Park, Traralgon in October 2008. Several plants were propagated as part of the relocation permit.
How is it significant?
The Azarole Hawthorn hybrid is of scientific (botanical) significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Azarole Hawthorn tree is of scientific (botanical) significance as the only known tree of the species or hybrid of the species in Victoria.
The tree is a native of W. Asia, N. Africa and S. Europe and is recorded in the Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia, Volume 3, Roger Spencer 2002, page 98. New information from Dr. Spencer 10/7/07, indicates that the tree is more likely to be hybrid of Crataegus azarolus. No other hybrid specimens are known in Victoria.
General Conditions: 1. All exempted alterations are to be planned and carried out in a manner which prevents damage to the fabric of the registered place or object.General Conditions: 2. Should it become apparent during further inspection or the carrying out of works that original or previously hidden or inaccessible details of the place or object are revealed which relate to the significance of the place or object, then the exemption covering such works shall cease and Heritage Victoria shall be notified as soon as possible. Note: All archaeological places have the potential to contain significant sub-surface artefacts and other remains. In most cases it will be necessary to obtain approval from the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria before the undertaking any works that have a significant sub-surface component.General Conditions: 3. If there is a conservation policy and plan endorsed by the Executive Director, all works shall be in accordance with it. Note: The existence of a Conservation Management Plan or a Heritage Action Plan endorsed by the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria provides guidance for the management of the heritage values associated with the site. It may not be necessary to obtain a heritage permit for certain works specified in the management plan.General Conditions: 4. Nothing in this determination prevents the Executive Director from amending or rescinding all or any of the permit exemptions.General Conditions: 5. Nothing in this determination exempts owners or their agents from the responsibility to seek relevant planning or building permits from the responsible authorities where applicable.Minor Works : Note: Any Minor Works that in the opinion of the Executive Director will not adversely affect the heritage significance of the place may be exempt from the permit requirements of the Heritage Act. A person proposing to undertake minor works may submit a proposal to the Executive Director. If the Executive Director is satisfied that the proposed works will not adversely affect the heritage values of the site, the applicant may be exempted from the requirement to obtain a heritage permit. If an applicant is uncertain whether a heritage permit is required, it is recommended that the permits co-ordinator be contacted.
* Management of trees in accordance with Australian Standard; Pruning of Amenity Trees AS 4373.
The purpose of the Permit Policy is as a guide in assisting when considering or making decisions regarding works to the place. It is recommended that any proposed works be discussed with an officer of Heritage Victoria prior to them being undertaken or a permit is applied for. Discussing any proposed works will assist in answering any questions the owner may have and aid any decisions regarding works to the place.
All actions should ensure the protection and ongoing care of the tree and adjoining land. Actions which would lead to compaction of the soil; a change to the access to the water and sunlight; a change to drainage; or to damage to roots, are not appropriate.