Park and Verge Tree Pruning and Planting

Benefits of trees

Trees are an important part of any City and provide a range of benefits. Trees may increase property values, reduce heat in our suburbs and promote wellbeing. 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.

Park and verge tree planting

If you would like a tree planted on your verge, please contact us.

A City officer will contact you within five working days to discuss the type of tree(s) to be planted. The City will determine the most appropriate location for the planting and will cover the cost of purchasing and planting the tree.
Park and 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 
Park and verge tree pruning and maintenance
The City is responsible for pruning all trees in parks and on verges in Cockburn. We follow the Australian Standards for pruning, which determines whether a tree should be pruned or not and the type of pruning we do.

When will the City prune a tree?

Following Australian Standards, the City will prune a tree if it:
  • Improves the safety, structure and health of the tree 
  • Provides clearance for people moving below
  • Prevents branches from overhanging a property boundary and park infrastructure
  • Maintains safe clearances zones from powerlines
  • Maintains a clear line of sight for vehicles and cyclists.

When will the City 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

The process below takes up to eight weeks, depending on City officer and contractor availability, and if the tree requires multiple forms of pruning (e.g. pruning, stump grind etc).

If you believe your verge tree needs pruning:
  1. Email [email protected] opens in a new window, submit your request online or call 08 9411 3444
  2. City reviews the pruning request, conducts a site visit and agrees the tree requires pruning
  3. City lodges pruning works with an external contractor
  4. City notifies the customer via email or phone that a request has been raised with the external contractor
  5. Contractor completes pruning 
  6. The City updates the customer request advising the resident that the job has been completed.
If the City concludes that no pruning is required, the resident is contacted by the City 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, image and scope of the damage. The City will send this information to its insurance company for assessment.

If you would like your tree assessed for pruning please contact us.
Park and 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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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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