Mature Norfolk Island hibiscus to be removed.

Mature Norfolk Island hibiscus to be removed.

These two trees have been recently pruned. They are also  Norfolk Island hibiscus.

These two trees one house down fr the tree to be removed have been recently pruned. They are also Norfolk Island hibiscus.

Marrickville Council has given notification of their intention to remove a Norfolk Island hibiscus (Lagunaria patersonia) outside 46 Bruce Street Stanmore.

They give the following reasons –

  • “Internal decay.
  • Active split in main trunk.
  • The tree is heavily impacted by clearance pruning for powerlines.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”

There is a split in the trunk & visible decay. The canopy is full of epicormic growth as a result of pruning for the overhead power lines.   Two other Norfolk Island hibiscus street trees one house along have been severely pruned. I expect that these two will be removed in time. Norfolk Island hibiscus grows to 12-20 metres high, so is entirely an inappropriate choice for under power lines.

Council say they will replace this tree with a Mock Orange (Murraya paniculata) in the current 2014 Street Tree Planting Program.

Mock orange (Murraya paniculata) is native to southern China, Taiwan, the Indian sub-continent, SE Asia & northern Australia. It is usually used as a hedge & grows to between 4-12 metres in height. Mock Orange (Murraya paniculata) is very similar to the cultivated exotic form of mock orange (Murraya paniculata ‘Exotica’), which is regarded as an environmental weed in NSW & QLD & a potential environmental weed in the Sydney region. Professional nursery growers are using a ‘cutting grown selection,’ which produces little or no berries. The growth habit is more compact.

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

I have not seen a canopy that is mostly epicormic growth.

I have not seen a canopy that is mostly epicormic growth. The tree looks as though it was once topped.

The split & one of the finger depth holes

The split & showing the finger depth holes

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