Street Tree Pruning and Planting

Benefits of street trees

Street 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.

Street 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.
Street 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 
Street tree pruning and maintenance
The City is responsible for the pruning of all trees. Trees should be allowed to develop their natural canopy and will generally not be pruned. Where pruning is essential, it will be approved and undertaken by the City or a nominated contractor and will be carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4373 – 1996.
Street trees are pruned to provide the following:
  • Improve the safety, structure and health of the tree 
  • Provide clearance for pedestrian movement 
  • Prevent branches from overhanging a property boundary and park infrastructure
  • Maintain safe clearances zones from powerlines
  • Maintain clear line of sight for vehicles and cyclists
If you would like your tree assessed for pruning please contact us.
Street 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 of utilities
  • Tree root damage to public and/or private assets, when root barrier installation is not viable
  • Damage by a declared storm event
  • Idenfied 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 street 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

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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