Golden robinia almost dead on Alice Street Newtown.

Golden robinia almost dead on Alice Street Newtown.

Marrickville Council has given notice of their intention to remove two trees in Newtown.

Tree number 1:  a Golden Robina (Robinia pseudoacacia) outside 123 Alice Street Newtown.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has significant level of canopy dieback & deadwood and is in an advance state of decline.
  • The tree presents an unacceptable risk to the public and property.”

This tree was obviously dying.

There is no mention of any replacement tree in the text, but the heading says ‘removal & replacement.’   This tree did not have a  ‘Notification of Removal’ sign attached to the tree.

Tree number 2:  A Broad Leaved Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) outside 14 Alice Street Newtown.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “Tree has significant level of canopy dieback & deadwood & is in an advance state of decline.
  • The tree presents an unacceptable risk to the public & property.”

This tree caused us some debate.  Considering that the tree is in flower & has around four dead branches, I would advocate pruning these off, while my husband said he would remove the tree & start afresh, as it will always look poor.  To me pruning would result in this tree looking like all the other Melaleuca trees that have been pruned for powerlines, maybe even better.   Also, it takes a long time to grow a tree of this size, so I would not be removing trees unless there is no other option.

This tree did not have a  ‘Notification of Removal’ sign attached to the tree either.   Council says they will replace with a Green Ash (Franxinus pennsylvanica) before September this year.

The Green ash is a fast growing deciduous tree native to eastern & central America.   They can grow to between 12-25 metres in height with a canopy of around half the height.  Female trees produce a large number of winged seeds in summer & the leaves turn a golden yellow in autumn.

The deadline for submissions for both trees is Friday 6th May 2016.

Melaleuca for removal in Alice Street Newtown.

Melaleuca for removal in Alice Street Newtown.

Showing some of the canopy die back. It is easy to see 3 branches that could be pruned.

Showing two-thirds of the canopy.. It is easy to see 3 branches that could be pruned. The fourth branch is connected to the side facing branch  on the right in the photo above.

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