Watermans Bay and North Beach tree planting

The current canopy cover of Watermans Bay sits at 13.4% and the canopy cover of North Beach sits at 12.3%. This year’s Watermans Bay and North Beach Community Tree Planting program aims to increase canopy cover on streets with available verge space.

Locations will be marked-up one to two weeks prior to the event on 25 July.

To view more detail on the project click the map below.   

Watermans Bay and North Beach planting map

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

Burgundy Weeping Peppermint

Botanical name

Agonis flexuosa 'Burgundy'​

Family

Myrtaceae

Common name

Burgundy WA Weeping Peppermint

Origin

The Weeping Peppermint grows naturally in South Western Australia.  Whilst a few isolated populations exist in the Perth region, the main area of distribution is from south of Mandurah through to Bremer Bay.

Weeping Peppermint

Characteristics

  • Tolerates a wide variety of soils including coastal limestone

  • Evergreen

  • Pollution tolerant

  • Adapts well to power line pruning

  • Recommended by the Asthma Foundation

  • Long lived.

Weeping Peppermint

Leaves, bark and flowers

Narrow leaves form a dense shaggy umbrella shape as the tree matures. The ‘Burgundy’ cultivar has attractive purple-reddish new growth tips. Flowering is variable depending on position and weather conditions for the year. Generally the tree will develop tiny white flowers along the branches in spring.

Height and width

10m x 10m

Example location

A good example can also be seen at the eastern end of Sorrento Street, North Beach.

Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special’

Botanical name

Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special

Common name

Bottlebrush, Kings Park Special

Family

Myrtaceae

Origin

A cultivated variety developed in King’s Park and Botanic Garden from an unknown seed source.

Kings Park Special

Characteristics

  • Popular small flowering tree
  • Suitable for under power lines
  • Good food source for native birds
  • Recommended by the Asthma Foundation as a plant for a low allergy garden.
Kings Park Special

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen, A small bushy tree approximately four to six metres in height with dark green foliage. Bark is dark browm and coarse. Deep red flowers cover the tree in spring, though intermittent flowering can sometimes occur throughout autumn depending on seasonal conditions.

Height and width

6 - 8m x 6m

Example location

Particularly noticeable when in flower, found within reserves and roadways throughout the City.

Royal Poinciana

Botanical name 

Delonix regia

Common name 

Royal Poinciana, Flamboyant Tree

Family

Fabaceae

Origin

Endemic to the dry deciduous forests of Madagascar.

Royal Poinciana

Characteristics

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

Leaves, bark and flowers

Semi deciduous, small oval shaped fern like leaves, similar to a Jacaranda. 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 specimens exist throughout the city on private land and occasionally on verges.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Botanical name 

Hakea laurina​

Common name 

Pin-cushion Hakea

Family

Proteaceae

Origin

South West Western Australia from Jurien Bay south to Albany.

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

7m x 9m

Example location

A grove of 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.

pin cushion hakea

Characteristics

  • Evergreen

  • WA native

  • Source of nectar for bees

  • Attractive pink flowers

  • Drought tolerant.

Swamp Paperbark

Botanical name 

Melaleuca rhaphiophylla

Common name 

Swamp Paperbark

Family

Myrtle

Origin

Endemic to the south west of Western Australia from Kalbarri to Albany. It grows in sandy or clay soils, sometimes with limestone, near watercourses, in swamps and salt marshes.

Swamp paperbark

Characteristics

  • Local native species

  • Good habitat trees

  • Provides a large range of food for a range of native animals

  • Suitable for under power lines

  • Will tolerate lawn and verge watering.

Swamp paperbark

Leaves, bark and flowers

Narrow, needle-like leaves of a light to mid-green colour creating a dense slightly pendulous lacy canopy. The trunk and significant limbs are encased in papery bark in shades of brown and white. Spikes of white or yellowish flowers are produced between January and July. Seed capsules are retained along the branches.

Height and width

8m x 5m

Example location

Star Swamp reserve and around the Carine Lakes.

Jacaranda

Botanical name 

Jacaranda Mimosifolia​

Common name 

Jacaranda

Family

Bignoniaceae

Origin

Occurs naturally in the high semi-desert areas of Brazil.

Jacaranda

Characteristics

  • Deciduous / Semi-deciduous
  • Easy to grow
  • Tolerates a variety of soils
  • Pollution and drought tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Long lived
  • Not suited for under power lines.
Jacaranda

Leaves, bark and flowers

Semi-Deciduous in Perth, sometimes retaining leaves until spring or early summer, fern like leaves cover the tree in summer. It has a spectacular floral display in December as mauve tubular flowers cover the bare branches.

Height and width

9m x 8m

Example location

Crawford Street, Inglewood provides an outstanding example of established trees in an avenue planting.

Manchurian Pear

Botanical name 

Pyrus ussuriensis

Common name 

Manchurian Pear

Family

Rosaceae

Origin

China, Mongolia, Eastern Russia, Korea and Japan.

Manchurian Pear

Characteristics

  • Deciduous
  • Attractive spring flowers
  • Attractive autumn foliage display
  • Hardy
  • Pollution tolerant
  • Tolerates most soil types.
Manchurian Pear

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen. Leaves are thick, smooth and roughly 15cm long with a slight blue-green appearance. Clusters of flower buds develop in early December and open April through till August. Flowers resemble rounded pincushions with white tops and a pink centre.

Height and width

5- 6m x 4 - 5m

Example location

West end of Telford Cresent, Stirling.

Bronze Cottonwood

Botanical name 

Hibiscus tilliaceus​

Common name 

Bronze Cottonwood

Origin

Coastal areas of South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Bronze cottonwood

Characteristics

  • Evergreen
  • Hardy, drought tolerant
  • Quick growing
  • Salt tolerant, suits coastal conditions
  • Responds well to pruning
  • Attractive foliage
  • Suits a range of landscape styles.
Bronze cottonwood

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen. Leaves are heart shaped, dark green to purple with Bronze tones. Bark is smooth and grey. Open style Hibiscus flower bright yellow, fading to orange with a black throat. Appear all year, though more prolific in summer.

Height and width

8m x 8m

Example location

Western side of Wanneroo Rd, South of Balcatta Rd. Mirrabooka Ave South of Reid Hwy, Nollamara.