A tall tree that is not coping well in these growing conditions.

A tall tree that is not coping well in these growing conditions.

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.

Poor conditions for such a tall-growing tree in my opinion.  The garbage bins show the space.

Poor conditions for such a tall-growing tree in my opinion. The garbage bins show the space.

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