Marrickville Council has given notification of their intention to remove a Lemon Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) outside 25 Station Street Petersham.
They give the following reasons for removal –
- “The tree is unsustainable in its planted location in the long term.
- The tree has demonstrated a history of branch failures in adverse weather, which has reduced the trees retention and amenity value.
- The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public and property.”
Council says they will replace with a Lemon Scented Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) as part of the 2016 Street Tree Planting Program.
The poor Lemon-scented gum has dropped around four limbs. It is spindly with most of its foliage on top. It has been planted in what I consider appalling conditions. How a gum tree could grow well here …. well it’s not. It’s a shame it wasn’t planted in Petersham Park directly across the road where it could have thrived.
The replacement tree, Lemon Scented Myrtle, is native to Queensland coastal rain-forests from Brisbane to Mackay. Described as a medium-sized shrub or tree, it grows to 6-8 metres tall.
For interest, it has a low-branching habit & these can take root if they touch the ground. These can be cut off & replanted in another location. It won’t happen here because Council removes all lower branches from their street trees.
The leaves are lemon-scented & white flowers in long-stalked clusters are produced over summer & autumn. The flowers produce nectar, which is attractive to wildlife. I am glad Council are replacing with a native tree that supports wildlife.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 14th August 2015.