Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove a Small-Leafed Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii) outside 17 Eltham Street Dulwich Hill.
They give the following reasons for removal –
- “Major branch failure during high winds resulting in approx. 40% loss of canopy leaving the tree unstable.
- The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”
Council says they will replace with a Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.
The Chinese pistachio is native to China, Taiwan & the Philippines. It is fast-growing, deciduous & puts on a red display in autumn. It reaches a height of between 6-10 metres. Female trees produce berries that are attractive to birds.
The Queensland Government website says, – “Chinese pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) is regarded as an environmental weed in New south Wales & the ACT, & is also a potential environmental weed or “sleeper weed” in other parts of southern Australia.” See – http://bit.ly/190nZHG
It is beyond my understanding why Marrickville Council chooses to plant risky non-native trees when there are so many suitable Australian native trees.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 8th May 2015.