:   Small-Leafed Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 371 Livingstone Road Marrickville.  This tree has had a number of major branches pruned.

: Small-Leafed Peppermint outside 371 Livingstone Road Marrickville. This tree has had a number of major branches pruned.

Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove 3 street trees in Marrickville.

Tree number 1: Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminallis) outisde 45 Despointes Street Marrickville.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “White rot evident throughout main trunk.
  • Significant cavity at base.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

I could not find this tree.

Council says they will replace with a Chinese Tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

The Chinese Tallow tree is native to China & has naturalised in Japan, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Europe, Martinique, Sudan & the USA. It is a fast-growing ornamental deciduous tree that reaches 6-10 metres on average.

It produces thousands of seeds which are spread to other locations by birds & floodwater.  Mature trees can produce up to 100,000 seeds per year & seeds can remain dormant for many years. It also produces root suckers.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries classifies this tree as a regionally Prohibited Weed & asks people to report any sightings of this tree. Their website says this tree is considered one of America’s worst weeds and is described as virtually impossible to eliminate once established.   Naturalised populations have now been identified in various locations throughout southeast Queensland. The largest infestation of Chinese tallow tree exists near Casino, NSW.   Smaller infestations are evident throughout the North Coast, Central Coast & New England regions of NSW. Localised plants also exist in Victoria.”

I am surprised that Marrickville Council is planting this tree considering its potential to cause major damage to the environment. There are so many other choices of tree that could benefit local wildlife without endangering the local environment. See – http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/38

Tree number 2: Small-Leafed Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 371 Livingstone Road Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree is in severe decline, with over 80% canopy dieback.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will replace with a Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

The tree is as Council states, which is a shame as it was a great tree in this street. The canopy dieback shows that it is dying & therefore should be removed.   It has had a number of branches pruned in the past.  I am pleased that Council are replacing with a native tree species that will reach a decent size & improve on the streetscape.

Tree number 3:   Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) opposite 22 Edinburgh Road Marrickville.

Council gives the following reasons for removal –

  • “Large wound with internal decay & associated fruiting body.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will replace with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

This poor tree appears to have been hit by a truck in the past. It leans over the road & needs to be removed.  The replacement with a native Spotted gum is pleasing, as this tree will not only provide beauty, but also food for wildlife.

The deadline for submissionsfor all three trees is Friday 8th May 2015.

Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) opposite 22 Edinburgh Road Marrickville.

Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) opposite 22 Edinburgh Road Marrickville.  The injury is the whitish area half way up the trunk.

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