A beautiful Southern mahogany to be removed in Tempe.  This is a big loss.

A beautiful Southern mahogany to be removed in Tempe. This is a big loss.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Southern Mahogany (Eucalyptus botryoides) in Griffiths Street Tempe. The street number was not provided, but it is near the roundabout at Gannon Street.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “Two major branch failures over the last 3 months.
  • Poor structure & weak branch attachment (included branch union).
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will replace this tree with a Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) as part of the 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

I was very sad to see that this tree is to be removed, as it is one of my favourites. It is one of the focus points as you drive down Gannon Street & turn at the roundabout. The tree looks to be very healthy apart from where the branches sheared off & it is coming into flower. Such a shame.  However, it is obvious that the trunk is weakened & does not give good a good fixing point to other branches beside the top shear.

The Queensland Brush Box is a medium-sized evergreen tree, native to coastal eastern Queensland & Northern New South Wales. It is moderate to long lived & we have excellent examples across the municipality. As a street tree it can reach 10-15 metres in height, though can reach 40-metres in its natural habitat. Birds like White Eyes like the small flowers, which appear from October to December. Bees like the flowers too & make good honey from this tree.  It’s a good choice a of tree for this location.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 27th March 2015.

site of branches drop

The top area does not leave a good fixing point on the trunk for the other nearby branches.