Giant Honey Myrtle to be removed.

Giant Honey Myrtle to be removed.

Marrickville Council has given notification of their intention to remove a Giant Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris) outside 17 Vernon Street Lewisham.

Council’s web notification gave two addresses for this tree – Sydenham & Lewisham, but the actual address is 17 Vernon Street Lewisham.

They give the following reasons –

  • “Poor structural condition due to active termite infestation.
  • Tree is in decline.
  • Trunk included bark.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

The tree was once magnificent, but pruning for power lines has cleaved it in two.

Council say they will replace this tree with a Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) in the current 2014 Street Tree Planting Program.  Crepe myrtle is a small deciduous tree native to China, Korea & the Indian subcontinent.  It reaches 6-8 metres in height & has thin branches that respond well to pruning. I am not aware that Crepe myrtles provide any benefits to wildlife.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 11th July 2014. I will not be putting in a submission.

Fabulous twisting trunk & a few burls.

Fabulous twisting trunk & a few burls.

Heavily pruned

Heavily pruned

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