Trees play an important role in enhancing our quality of life in the urban environment. Not only are trees visually pleasing, but they also offer social, environmental and economic benefits throughout their lifetime.

In addition to trees located within parks and reserves, the City is responsible for the care, control and management of over 13,000 street trees. Parks Services is responsible for the planting, pruning and removal of all these trees.

Street Tree Planting

When planting trees within streetscapes, the City carefully investigates the most suitable tree for each particular street or area. Taken into account is the aesthetics, maintenance requirements, community preferences, site limitations, and physical characteristics of various species, both native and exotic.

The City undertakes annual street tree planting projects in accordance with the Vincent Greening Plan.
In addition to programmed tree planting projects, the City will consider all residential requests for tree planting on verges. To request a new or additional verge tree, please contact Parks on 9273 6000 or

Street Tree Pruning

The City is responsible for the pruning of all street trees. Street trees located under powerlines are pruned annually in accordance with Western Power's clearance requirements. The powerline pruning program commences in June/July each year and as part of this program, trees affecting service lines (power supply to individual residents) are also pruned.
Street trees that are not located under powerlines are under pruned as required or requested to ensure safe pedestrian and vehicular access.
Residents may request for their street tree to be pruned back to the property line which, if approved, will be carried out in conjunction with the City’s annual powerline pruning program.

Street Tree Removal

The City will normally only remove street trees if the tree is diseased beyond remedial treatment, is dead, is deemed structurally unsound or weak, is hazardous owing to interference with visibility/sightlines or is an unapproved variety and is deemed unsuitable by the City.

In certain instances, when all other alternatives to retain the tree have been investigated and deemed inappropriate, tree removal may be approved if trees are affected by infrastructure improvements (including road widening or utility works), or when the tree precludes reasonable development of an adjoining property.

The City will not remove street trees in instances where they obstruct views, are disliked, cause nuisance (leaf, fruit/nut or bark drop), cause allergy and/or health problems, shade private gardens or are in the way of a non-essential crossover or verge paving option.

Trees on Private Property

The management of trees on private property is the responsibility of the owner/occupier. To assist residents with the selection and planting of tree on private property as well as issues relating to trees on private property, please click on the relevant link below:

For more information

For more information on street trees, please contact the City’s Parks Team on 9273 6000 or

For more information on what you can and can't do with your street tree, view the City's Policy on Street Trees.

Want to adopt a new or existing street tree? Check out the City’s Adopt a Tree Program.