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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 offence for residents to prune, remove or vandalise these trees and heavy penalties apply.

Free Street Tree Request

We provide free street trees to residents as part of our Urban Forest Strategy.

To request a free tree for your verge, lodge an online request using our Online Services. We will review your request and get in touch regarding your request within 60 working days.

We place orders with nurseries in the month of October to ensure they are able to provide the number and species required for the planting season in the following year.

Please note, for this reason, any orders placed after December, your tree won’t be planted until the year after next. Ie, an order placed in January 2021 will not be planted until Winter 2022.

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

UWA Street Tree Research Survey

What do you think of the trees where you live?

UWA researchers are running a survey to better understand how urban trees of the Perth metropolitan area influence people’s attachment to where they live. The online survey should take a little over 20 minutes to complete. To access the survey, click this link.

As a thank you for participating in the survey you will have the option to enter a draw to win one of two $50 native plant vouchers.

The project is being conducted by Harrison McGrath, a Master’s student at the University of Western Australia (UWA), under the supervision of Dr Cristina Ramalho, Dr Carmen Lawrence, and Dr Erik Veneklaas. The study, titled “How the Urban Forest Influences Residents’ Place Attachment”, aims to determine which tree qualities improve feelings of attachment and which qualities decrease attachment. This project has UWA Human Research Ethics approval. If you have any questions or comments about the survey or project you may contact Harrison at

Tree Expansion and Succession Program

Garden guru, Sabrina Hahn explains the fundamentals of our tree planting programs and answers questions from the community.

London Plane Trees in Applecross

Tree Planting Responsibilities

Verge trees are maintained by the City and are watered for the first three 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 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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