The trees along the median street of Woodward Street have been removed as part of a makeover to the flora on the West Orange road.
The line of Silver Birch trees in the median strip were removed this week by Orange City Council workers as part of council's removal of water-intensive vegetation.
Orange City Council communications officer Allan Reeder said it was part of drought-proofing parts of the city.
"The trees were removed because many have already died and others were under stress due to the drought," he said.
"It's the usual routine to let the soil resettle and get rehydrated before replanting will happen.
"That's currently timed for Spring this year, but will depend on the weather conditions."
He said council would replace the trees "in due course", with the aim to place a variety of ornamental pear trees, similar to the trees planted along Molong Road near the intersection with The Escort Way.
"These trees have a tall, narrow shape that will suit the middle-of-the-road location," Mr Reeder said.
He said council was also looking to remove the low buxus hedge in the median "which is also showing signs of suffering greatly from the drought".
That will happen in the coming months.
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