Business owner Sara Raider is dismayed that the Nelson City Council is removing five 10-year-old ginkgo trees from Hardy St.
The council says they are female ginkgo trees and retailers have complained about the smell of the fruit the trees drop, likening it to the smell of vomit.
Ms Raider and her sister Alice, who run their Tree Children business from a Hardy St office, said they would happily have swept them up daily.
The council will replace the female trees with male ginkgo ones that do not produce the smelly fruit.
Sara Raider said: "The new trees will take so long to grow to the size of the female trees.
"Each day that we come into work we pass our beautiful ginkgos and see how much they'd grown, each year grateful for its pretty leaves spreading on to the starkness of our streets."
They were upset at the decision. "Nelson is fading away and becoming ugly and boring," she said.
Council manager community relations Angela Ricker said when the trees were originally planted, the council had been assured by the nursery that they were male trees but the difference was not detectable until they started to fruit, which happened this season.
"Those people who enjoy the trees can be reassured that the replacement trees will look the same but won't have the putrid-smelling fruit that has been the source of numerous complaints," she said.
Ms Raider said the trees were lovely, and the council had not consulted as they had not been contacted.
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