Part of the canopy removed to prevent further splitting.

Part of the canopy has been removed to prevent further splitting.

Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove a Black Tea Tree (Melaleuca bracteata) outside 6 Phillip Street Petersham.

They give the following reasons for removal:

  • Active crack/split in main trunk causing the tree to be structurally unsound.
  • The tree in its present state poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.” 

The split in the trunk is the largest I have seen. Council has reduced the canopy to render the tree safe until they remove it.

Council says they will replace this tree with a Watergum (Tristaniopsis laurina) in the current 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

The Watergum is a slow-growing Australian native that likes to grow along water-courses & other moist areas. It has non-invasive roots & can grow to 15-metres, but would take many years to do so. Clusters of small yellow flowers appear in January & early February.  These are common street trees across Marrickville LGA.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 8th May 2015.

Showing the split in the trunk.

Showing the split in the trunk.