Street Trees

Street trees are a significant component of The City’s urban forest and are one of our most important assets. There are many iconic streets within the City that are recognised for their beautiful streetscapes such as the Jacarandas in Applecross.

Trees provide many benefits to society and are considered to be one of the most effective ways in which society can adapt to climate change and the associated extreme weather events that are expected to occur at greater intensity into the future.

We provide free street trees to residents and take care of the pruning, maintenance and health inspections of these trees. It is an offense or residents to prune, remove or vandalise these trees and heavy penalties apply.

Free Street Tree Request

The City provides free street trees to residents as part of their greening ethos. If you would like to request a tree for your verge, contact the City on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666, or by lodging an online request for a free new street tree here. Should your new street tree request be successful, planting will occur in the next years winter months, after the date that the request was lodged online.

Our friendly team will be able to discuss what species will be most suitable for your verge.

Make a Street Tree Maintenance Request

Some trees require pruning to maintain clearance from power lines and for safety reasons, such as maintaining sightlines.

The City will not prune trees to:

  • Improve views
  • Reduce leaf litter and fruit drop
  • Avoid bird droppings
  • Reduce shade

Please be aware that it is an offence to prune or remove verge trees. Furthermore, residents are not permitted to undertake activities that may detrimentally affect their verge tree; including hanging any items such as swings from the tree.

If you have any queries relating to your verge tree, contact the City on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or by email on melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au.

London Plane Trees in Applecross

Tree Planting Responsibilities

Verge trees are maintained by the City and are watered for the first two years following installation to help them establish.

The City is responsible for:

You can help your verge tree flourish by:

  • Watering it during dry periods
  • Avoiding compaction of the ground e.g. do not park or have skip bins placed near young trees
  • Keep the area around your tree free from weeds and rubbish
  • Avoid damaging the tree
Jacaranda Trees in Bloom in Applecross

Street Tree Inspections

The City's arboriculture team conduct inspections of diseased, pest affected or unhealthy trees and address health concerns in relation to trees located on verges, in parks, reserves and road medians.

If you are concerned about the health of a street tree, please contact Customer Relations on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

Report the health of a Council tree.

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