Coral tree to be removed in Petersham Park. It's quite a large tree & being broad-leafed, would provide a lot of shade.

Coral tree to be removed in Petersham Park. It’s quite a large tree & being broad-leafed, would provide a lot of shade.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Coral tree  (Erythrina x sykesii) growing beside the children’s playground in Petersham Park, Station Street Petersham.

They give the following reasons for removal  –

  • “Tree has decay pockets, cavities, branch failures greater than 100mm, & crossing & rubbing branches. 
  • Coral Trees are also not considered a suitable species over play areas due to soft wood & potential for branch failure.”

Council say they will replace this tree with a super advanced Port Jackson Fig (Ficus rubiginosa) at 800L size “in a nearby location as part of the Petersham Park Playground Upgrade.”

That Council will be replacing with a super advanced Fig tree is great.  It would be nice if this were done for all tree removal in parks.

This tree is big with around a 2.5 metre girth & quite lovely.   However it has a number of holes & visible evidence of branch failure, which is not good as it is right next to the playground.  Coral trees are classified as weed trees in Sydney because they have the potential to invade natural areas & will grow from fallen branches.

I thank Marrickville Council for using tape to secure the Notification of Removal sign onto this tree.

The deadline for submissions ends on Thursday 11th April 2013.  I will not put in a submission.

One of the areas of decay visible in this tree.

One of the areas of decay visible in this tree.

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