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.