This tree is to be removed in Riverside Crescent

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Narrow Leafed Black Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) on the corner of Riverside Crescent & Balfour Street Dulwich Hill.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Five branch failures have occurred in the tree’s upper canopy above the footpath
  • The tree has developed codominant stems with included bark, which is a structural defect more prone to failure under strong wind loading than tree’s free of this defect
  • The tree has outgrown the planting area & is a widely known species in the industry to being especially intolerant to disturbance around its root system.
  • The proposed footpath restoration works may cause the tree to fail at the root plate & prone to wind throw failure.”

Council says they intend to replace this tree with 3 Weeping Lilly-Pilly trees (Waterhousia floribunda) within the 2012-2013 annual tree-planting program “to compensate & increase the canopy coverage at this location.”

As soon as I saw the large bracket fungus I knew this tree had no chance of being retained as these indicate internal rot.  Unfortunately this is the only large street tree on this side of Riverside Crescent.

It is good to see that Council plans to replace with 3 trees for 1 removed.  If this practice continues where appropriate, the urban forest will increase.

I was disappointed to see that both Notification of Removal signs were stapled onto the tree.  I thought Marrickville Council had stopped this practice.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31st October 2012.   I will not be putting in a submission.

Bracket fungus on the lower trunk of the tree

The streetscape of Riverside Crescent looking west. The tree for removal is on the left.