Eucalyptus cinerea to be chopped down.

Eucalyptus cinerea to be chopped down.

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove an Argyle Apple (Eucalyptus cinerea) outside 1–7 Unwins Bridge Road St Peters.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “Major mechanical wound to primary branch which has left the tree structurally unsound & unable to be remedially pruned.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will replace this tree with a Manchurian Pear (Pyrus ussuriensis) as part of the 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

I wondered why this tree was not picked up in the recent Tree Inventory.  The wound is old & even the yellow paint to alert trucks is worn.  While I was looking at this tree a man (who said he was a local Arborist) walking along the footpath joined me.  After looking at the tree he said he would just remove the branch nearest the old wound because it was hanging across the road – for safety reasons.  Other than that, he would leave the tree alone & monitor it.

The Manchurian pear is an ornamental deciduous tree native to Korea, Japan & far eastern Russia.  It produces clusters of small white flowers in early spring. In autumn the leaves turn a range of plum, scarlet & gold. It grows to 9-metres tall by 7-metres wide. The seeds are inedible & as far as I can ascertain, it has no use for wildlife.

Council has planted hundreds, if not thousands of Manchurian pear trees across the municipality. They seem to be the preferred tree for main roads, but this is only my perception.

A Gardening Australia Factsheet says of this tree – “The tree has inherent branch weaknesses, which means that it can fall apart & in a home garden that’s a considerable safety problem.” http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1946196.htm

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd April 2015.

Arrow indicating the branch the Arborist said he would prune.  You can see that the wound is old.

Arrow indicating the branch the Arborist said he would prune. You can see that the wound is old, as is the yellow paint on the wound.  The branch on the right is not connected to the injury.

Size 7 show to give an indication of the width of the trunk.

Size 7 shoe to give an indication of the width of the trunk.

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