Marrickville Council has given notification that they have removed a Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) outside 73 Brighton Street Petersham.

Council gave the following reasons for removal –

  • “Extensive internal decay at base of tree identified by a resitograph test.
  • Unacceptable level of risk to public, property and infrastructure.”

They say they will replace this tree with an Ornamental Pear (Pyrus ussuriensis), but not when they will do this.

This species is a common street tree in our municipality.  It is deciduous providing autumn colour & produces small white flowers in springtime.  It grows to 9-metres with a width of 7-metres.    I can find no information that it provides a benefit to wildlife.  Of interest, ABC Gardening says this tree suffers from inherent branch weakness.  See – http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1946196.htm

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