Trees on Residential Verges

Benefits of trees

Trees are an important part of any City and provide various benefits. Trees may increase property values, reduce heat in our suburbs and promote well-being. Trees clean the air, create natural screens and provide habitat. They act as wind and noise buffers and reduce the need for artificial cooling in adjacent buildings.

Verge trees for residents

The City offers trees for resident's verges, covering the cost of purchasing, planting and future pruning. While the City will water the tree for the first three years, residents are encouraged to supplement these waterings. If residents have irrigation, we ask that they let the City know. It costs the City approximately $992 per residential tree to purchase and maintain for three years.

If you would like a tree planted on your verge, please contact us. A City officer will aim to contact you within 30 business days of your request to discuss the type of tree(s) and its location.

What tree species can I choose?

The type of tree species received depends on"
  • Where the resident lives (zone), as different species are suited to different environments
  • Width of the verge
  • Overhead power lines 
  • Context of where the tree is most likely to be planted.
The City typically plants small to medium-sized tree stock, as they are easier to establish and consistently outgrow larger trees. Once mature, the trees grow approximately 4-15 metres tall.

When will my verge tree be planted?

Once the tree species has been decided, the City adds it to its seasonal tree order, which is submitted to the nursery to grow, generally 12 months before the planting season. The majority of residential trees are planted from May to October each year. Depending on when you request a tree, it can take between one to 12 months for it to be planted on your verge.
Residential verge tree species
Common Name  Species Approximate Mature Height and Width
*at 20 - 30 years
WA Weeping Peppermint  Agonis flexuosa 6m - 10m x 8m
Smooth-barked Apple Angophora costata 10m - 30m x 12m
Butterfly Tree  Bauhinia purpurea 8m x 8m
Illawarra Flame Tree  Brachychiton acerfolia 10m x 6m
Red Floweing Gum  Corymbia ficifolia 6m - 15m x 10m
Tuckeroo Cupaniopsis anacardiodes 6m - 12m x 7m
Bottlebrush  Callistemon kings park special 5m x 6m
Weeping Bottlebrush  Callistemon viminalis 7m x 5m
Poinciana Delonix regia 12m x 10m
Dwarf Bush Sugar Gum Eucalyptus cladocalyx nana  8m x 4m
Fushia Gum  Eucalyptus forrestiana 6m x 3m - 4m
Yellow Gum  Eucalyptus leucoxylon ‘rosea’ 10m - 15m x 7m
Red Ironbark  Eucalyptus sideroxylon ‘rosea’ 15m - 20m x 10m - 15m
Narrow Leaved Gimlet/Swamp Mallet Eucalyptus spathulata 6m - 8m x 4m
Coral Gum Eucalyptus torquata 6m x 3m
Powder bark Eucalyptus victrix 5m - 8m x 2m - 4m
Claret Ash Fraxinus oxycarpa Raywood 12m - 7m
Golden Rain Tree  Gleditsia tricanthos inermis 12m x 10m
Red Cottonwood  Hibiscus tilaceus rubra 8m x 5m
Jacaranda  Jacaranda mimosifolia 15m x 10m
Crepe Myrtle Lagestroemia sp. 6m - 8m x 4m 
Liquidamber Liquidamber styraciflua 30m x 6m 
Broad Leaf Paperpark Melaleuca quinquenervia 8m - 12m x 2m - 4m 
Olive Tree  Olea europa 7m x 4m 
Ornamental Pear  Pyrus calleryana Cleveland select 9m x 7m
Ornamental Pear  Pyrus calleryana capital 11m x 3m
Manchurian Pear  Pyrus ussuriensis 9m x 7m 
Chinese Tallow Tree  Sapium Sebiferum 8m x 3m - 4m 
Chinese Elm Ulmus parvifolia 13m x 10m
Cherry Plum Tree Prunis cerasifera sp 5m x 3m
Almond Tree Prunis dulcis 4m - 8m x 3m
Pin Cushion Hakea Hakea laurina 5m x 4m 
Water Gum
*not suitable for narrow verges
Tristaniopsis laurina “luscious” 7m -12m x 4m
Poinciana Peltophorum pterocarpum 15m x 15m 
Lepoard Tree Caesalpinia ferrea 6m - 7m x 4m - 5m 
Darling Range Ghost Gum
*not suitable for narrow verges
Eucalyptus laeliae 15m x 6m 
Residential verge tree pruning
The City is responsible for pruning all trees on residential verges in Cockburn. The City follows the Australian Pruning Standards, which determine whether a tree should be pruned and the type of pruning done. The Australian standard does not cover powerline clearance pruning as this is done to industry best practice as per Western Power line clearance requirements. 
Following Australian Standards, the City will consider pruning a tree if it:
  • Improves the safety, structure and health of the tree 
  • Provides clearance for people and vehicles moving below the tree. Generally, this is a minimum of 2m over the footpath and 3.5-4.5m over a carriageway or road 
  • Prevents branches from overhanging a property boundary
  • Maintains safe clearance zones from powerlines as per Western Power requirements
  • Maintains a clear line of sight for vehicles and cyclists.
The City will generally not prune a tree if:
  • Allergies are experienced by a resident/s
  • The tree is dropping leaves (the City undertakes scheduled and additional road sweeping in areas with heavy leaf litter)
  • The tree is shading solar panels
  • The tree is blocking views. 

How to get your verge tree pruned

Getting your verge tree pruned generally takes up to eight weeks, depending on City officer and contractor availability and if the tree requires multiple forms of pruning (e.g. under pruning, powerline clearance, Traffic Management, etc).
 If you believe your verge tree needs pruning:
  1. Email [email protected] in a new window opens in a new window, submit your request online opens in a new window or call 08 9411 3444
  2. City reviews the pruning request, conducts a site visit if required and agrees the tree requires pruning
  3. City Officer allocates pruning request to internal crew if they can do this or
  4. City lodges pruning works with an external contractor
  5. City notifies the customer via email or phone, that a request has been raised with the internal crew or external contractor
  6. Internal crew or Contractor completes pruning 
  7. The City updates the customer request, advising the resident that the job has been completed, if they have an email address associated with the request.
If the City concludes that no pruning is required, the City contacts the resident to inform them that pruning will not occur and the reasoning behind the decision. 

If a resident believes a City tree has caused root damage to their property, they can email [email protected], including a description and image.

A City Officer will assess the tree roots and advise the resident of the outcome. They will also send the information to their insurance company for assessment. Residents can also send the information to their own insurance companies.

 If you would like your tree assessed for removal, please contact us opens in a new window.

Residential verge tree removal
The City is responsible for the removal of verge and reserve trees. Trees will only be considered for removal, under the following circumstances:
  • Dead
  • Diseases
  • Structurally unsound
  • Obstructing an approved works program, by either the City or utilities
  • Tree root damage to public and/or private assets, when root barrier installation is not viable
  • Damage by a declared storm event
  • Identified as an invasive species. 
If you would like more information on street tree removals or would like to have a street tree assessed, please contact us.

More information and contact

For more information or requests for verge tree planting, pruning or removal, please call 08 9411 3444 or email us.



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