Balcatta tree planting

Balcatta has one of the City’s lower canopy covers and currently sits at 8.4%. This year’s Balcatta Community Tree Planting program aims to increase canopy cover in an area that was identified as needing more shade from trees.

Locations will be marked-up one to two weeks prior to the event on 30 May. 

For more information, visit the street tree planting FAQs page.

Balcatta street tree planting map

Kurrajong

Botanical name 

Brachychiton populneus

Common name 

Kurrajong

Family 

Malvaceae

Origin

Eastern Australia from southern Queensland, through to northeast Victoria

Kurrajong

Characteristics

  • Drought tolerant
  • Tolerate a wide variety of soils
  • Provides summer shade
  • Long lived
  • Can tolerate canopy pruning.
Kurrajong

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen, dark green, glossy leaves can vary from a simple lanceolate shape through to deeply lobed or partly divided. Flowering times are variable depending on conditions and range from March through to early summer. The flowers vary in colour from cream through to a green tint, with red, yellow, or purple coloured.

Height and width

8m x 6m

Example location

Semi-mature trees are located within the median along North Beach drive in Gwelup.

Almond

Botanical name 

Prunus dulcis

Common name 

Almond

Origin

Middle East and West Asia

Almond

Characteristics

  • Deciduous

  • Long productive life

  • Good nectar supply for bees

  • Urban food source for native birds

  • Self-pollinating.

Almond Flower

Leaves, bark and flowers

Deciduous pale green leaves turn yellow before falling in autumn. Bark is dark and coarse. White to pale pink flowers appear in early spring on bare wood. The City plants self-pollinating trees. Fruit matures in the following autumn, 7-8 months after flowering.

Height and width

8m x 10m

Example location

North eastern side of the roundabout at Broadmoor Ave and Meadowbrook Blvd in Dianella.

Poinciana

Botanical name 

Delonix regia​

Common name 

Royal Poinciana, Flamboyant Tree

Origin

Endemic to the dry deciduous forests of Madagascar.

Poinciana

Characteristics

  • Semi-Deciduous in Perth conditions
  • Tolerate a wide variety of soils
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Drought tolerant.
Poinciana

Leaves, bark and flowers

Semi deciduous, small oval shaped fern like leaves, similar to a Jacaranda. Smooth grey bark. Bright orange red flowers appear over summer months, can be prolific with ideal soil pH (between 6.5 - 7).

Height and width

10m x 10m

Example location

Established treses exist occasionally on verges. Poinciana trees can be seen at the corner of Charles and Vincent Streets in North Perth and along the northern end Federation Street in Mount Hawthorn.

Broad Leaved Paperbark

Botanical name 

Melaleuca quinquenervia

Common name 

Broad Leaved Paperbark

Origin

Natural watercourses in coastal New South Wales, extending though Queensland to New Guinea and New Caledonia

Broad Leaved Paperbark

Characteristics

  • Evergreen
  • Hardy tree grows in most soil types
  • Tolerates dry and wet conditions
  • Reliable food source for native birds
  • Recommended low allergy species
  • Suitable for powerline pruning.
Broad Leaved Paperbark

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen, stiff, dark green leaves with the trunk and major limbs covered in a white papery bark. Creamy white bottlebrush type flowers appear on the ends of the branches from late summer through to winter.

Height and width

8m x 7m

Example location

Elm Street, Hamersley Median of Balcatta Road near Macadam Place, Balcatta

Tuart

Botanical name

Eucalyptus gomphocephala

Common name

Tuart

Origin

WA native associated with underlying limestone soils, Tuart naturally occurs as open forest within South West Western Australia, roughly between Ledge Point and Busselton

Tuart

Characteristics

  • Evergreen
  • Useful for coastal limestone soils
  • Good shade tree
  • Ecolink habitat tree
  • Relatively drought tolerant
  • Fast growing
  • Not suitable under power lines.
Tuart

Leaves, bark and flowers

Immature leaves are light green, maturing to sickle shaped mid-green with a dull sheen. The brown or grey bark can be fibrous through to rough, depending on the aspect and the maturity of the tree. Green flower buds that resemble ice-cream cones are followed during autumn and winter by creamy-white flowers.

Height and width

20m x 15m

Example location

Remnant trees can be found throughout coastal suburbs of the City, particularly Wembley Downs.