Looks like a Fig tree to me… like someone planted a pot plant a few years ago & it has grown into something unexpected.  This is the tree outside 10 Randle Street Marrickville.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Narrow Leafed Black Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 10 Randall Street Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons –

  • “The tree is a mere fraction of its full biological potential & is outgrowing the planted location.
  • The tree is unsustainable & causing extensive damage to the surrounding public infrastructure (footpath, gutter alignment, driveway crossover).
  • The tree has developed multiple included stem unions, which is a structural defect more prone to failure under strong wind loading than tree’s free of this defect.
  • The tree is considered an exempt specimen under the tree management controls.”

Council says they intend to replace this tree with an Evergreen Alder (Alnus jorullensis) during the 2012-2013 replacement tree planting program.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th December 2012.  I will not be putting in a submission.  

Thursday 29th November 2012 – It has been brought to my attention that the replacement tree – an Evergreen Alder (Alnus jorullensis) – is included in a Burke’s Backyard Factsheet called – ‘Trees to Avoid.’  This species was also mentioned in another Fact Sheet – ‘Come & Save My Garden.’  It reads as follows –

“Don told Wendy that although evergreen alders (Alnus jorullensis also known as A. acuminata) are beautiful trees, they are not suitable for small backyards. These trees are massive when fully grown. The neighbour’s trees weren’t even half grown at about 10m (30′) tall. In the years to come they could grow up to 30m (100′) tall. The roots would destroy the vegie garden, jack up the fence and cause the paving to buckle, & the canopy could spread across Wendy’s yard almost to the house.” See – http://bit.ly/11fG0sS

The Burke’s Backyard Fact Sheet, ‘Trees to Avoid’ mentions both Fig trees & the Evergreen alder.

“Evergreen figs (Ficus sp.) Many evergreen figs start out as indoor plants and then when they get too big, they are planted out in the garden. They include Hill’s weeping fig (Ficus microcarpa var. hillii) weeping fig (F. benjamina), Moreton bay fig (F. macrophylla) and Port Jackson fig (F. rubiginosa). Planted in the garden, these figs develop into huge trees, with invasive roots that crack water pipes and damage foundations.

Evergreen alder (Alnus acuminata)  Also known as A. jorullensis, these trees are not suitable for small backyards as they grow to a massive size. The roots will break pipes, jack up fences and cause paving to buckle. The canopy quickly spreads across a small yard, blocking the light, while the roots use up all available soil space.”  See –http://bit.ly/X28XcA

I believe that a typo happened when Council was preparing the webpage & that the tree to be removed is really a Fig tree – F. benjamina.  It is outside number 10 Randle Street.  There were no Notice of Removal signs on the tree when I visited, which means the neighbours & others in the street may not be aware that the tree is to be removed.  The signs need to be replaced.

How can Marrickville Council remove a Fig tree only to put in another species known to also grow to a massive size & have invasive roots?

Extensive roots of the tree in Randle Street