Marrickville Council is embarking on some really wonderful street works in Old Canterbury Road Lewisham, between Parramatta Road & the railway overpass.  Council will be –

  • replacing the old footpath
  • reconstructing 3 damaged driveways
  • removing 1 “failing” street tree
  • planting 23 new street trees with root barriers
  • creating 36 new nature strip gardens between 1 metre & 1.3 metres wide & 4 metres long.

The new street trees will be 10 x Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata), 11 x New South Wales Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) & 2 x Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulates).

The Spotted gum is fast & straight growing Australian native reaching 25-30 metres.  It’s recommended as a street tree because the root system is not extensive or overly vigorous.  In autumn it produces small white flowers in the top reaches of the canopy providing food for Rainbow Lorikeets & bats.  The flowers have a delicious honey-scented perfume.  The Spotted gum can live for 50 years or more in urban areas. Trivia: The leaves are a favourite food for Koalas.

The Blueberry ash is a small evergreen Australian native rainforest tree that has a columnar growth of 4-8 metres.  It has non-invasive roots & is recommended as a street tree.  It produces masses of pale pink or white cup-like flowers with a frilly edge in spring & summer, followed by round shiny blue fruit, which parrots love.  It grows fast & can live for 50 years or more in urban areas.

New South Wales Christmas Bush seen in Marrickville

The New South Wales Christmas Bush a large shrub or small Australian native tree that rarely grows more than 3-4 metres high.  In late spring to early November it produces small white flowers. These are pollinated by insects & attract insect-eating birds such as Tawny Frogmouths & Fairy Wrens.  By December the outer whorl of  flora leaves that protect the flower bud, enlarge & turn a deep pink or red colour, hence the name Christmas Bush.  The flower produces a nut containing a single seed, which fall when ripe.

This section of Old Canterbury Road will really benefit from these street works. The planting of 23 new street trees is especially good as this is a high traffic area joining Parramatta Road.  The trees will also help improve the air quality for residents.  The 10 Spotted gum trees will add green to the skyline, which is wonderful.  I am pleased that all the new trees will provide food for urban wildlife.

The removal of concrete to create 36 verge gardens is also wonderful.  As far as I can tell from the plans, Council will be planting Dianella, grasses, ground covers & shrubs around the trees.

Well done Marrickville Council. It is great to see tall-growing trees used as well as the removal of concrete to create verge gardens.  The more concrete is removed around Marrickville LGA the better in my opinion.  Doing so will help lower the urban heat island effect, add beauty & may help with biodiversity depending on what is planted.

If you are interested you can download the plans here –

Showing 4 Spotted Gums in Marrickville