Wembley Downs tree planting

The current canopy cover of Wembley Downs sits at 18.9%. This year’s Wembley Down’s 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 11 July 2020.   

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

Wembley Downs tree 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.

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.

Liquidambar

Botanical name 

Liquidambar styraciflua

Common name 

Almond

Family

Altingiaceae

Origin

Eastern United States, parts of Mexico and Central America.

Liquidamber

Characteristics

  • Deciduous

  • Large ornamental shade tree

  • Spectacular autumn display

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fallen leaves make great compost

  • Long lived.

Liquidamber

Leaves, bark and flowers

Often mistaken for a Maple tree due to the lobed leaf shape and spectacular autumn colour displays. Leaves are mid-deep green during summer and changing in autumn to shades of yellow, orange, copper, red and purple prior to falling. Bark is deep and furrowed. Insignificant greenish flowers appear each year.

Height and width

11m x 9m

Example location

Lombardy Street (north),Woodlands.

Pink Flowering Yellow Gum

Botanical name 

Eucalyptus leucoxylon var megalocarpa

Common name 

Yellow Gum

Family

Myrtaceae

Origin

Eyre Peninsular, South Australia.

Yellow Gum

Characteristics

  • Evergreen
  • Adapts to most soils
  • Food source for native birds
  • Drought tolerant
  • Moderately salt tolerant
  • Attractive flowers and bark.
Yellow Gum

Leaves, bark and flowers

Matt green lance shapes leaves with red new growth at tips. It has mostly smooth yellowish cream to grey bark with rough patches, particularly on the lower portion of the trunk and an open crown.

Height and width

10m x 9m

Example location

Appleberry Street, Churchlands Willowbank Terrace, Gwelup.

Jarrah

Botanical name 

 Eucalyptus marginata

Common name 

Jarrah

Family

Myrtaceae

Origin

South West Western Australia from Jurien Bay south to Albany.

Jarrah

Characteristics

  • Drought tolerant
  • Long lived
  • Native to the City of Stirling
  • Integral ecolink and biodiversity tree
  • Not suitable for under power lines
  • Nectar source for birds and bees.
Jarrah

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.

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.

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

Weeping Paperbark

Botanical name 

Melaleuca leucodendra

Common name 

Weeping Paperbark

Origin

Northern Australia, New Guinea, Torres Strait

Characteristics

  • Bird attracting
  • Evergreen
  • West Australian native
  • Adapts to many soil types
  • Tolerates coastal locations
  • Spring & Summer Flower display.
Weeping Paperbark

Leaves, bark and flowers

Evergreen, flat lance shaped greyish green leaves.  Bark is thick and papery, most often white and can appear pinkish. Cream clusters appear throughout the year dependent on conditions

Height and width

12m x 8m

Example location

7B Carrington Road, Mount Lawley.