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Leichhardt Council has approximately 15,700 street trees to care for and manage. Visit the Street Trees section of the website to find out more about tree issues including local Tree Removal Notices.

Below is a list of information about the trees species that are specific to our local area.



Eucalyptus botryoides
Tall tree to 40m found exclusively on sandy soils near the coast. Straight trunk and a dense spreading crown. Bark thick, soft dark grey or brown persistent to the first branches, smooth green to salmon pink above. Leaves dark green above, pale green beneath. Fast grower, in excess of 2m per year. Flowers white in colour occurring from December to January. Will grow in moist to well drained conditions. More information on Bangalay at Plantnet.



Eucalyptus pilularis
A tall tree that may reach a height of 50 metres. It is characterised by a stocking of rough bark to about half way up the trunk; above this is smooth, white bark. Most commonly seen in pure stands on poor, sandy soils near the coast, but is also found on shale tops in the Sydney area. The white blossoms occur from September to March. More information on Blackbutt at Wikipedia.


Black Wattle

Callicoma serratifolia
A large shrub to medium tree reaching about 15 metres in good conditions. Common in gullies and other damp places on sandstone. Flowers appear in late spring to early summer resembling those of some Acacia species, but the two genera are not related. The flowers are followed by globular fruits which split when ripe to release the seeds. Black Wattle Bay takes its name from this plant. More information on Black Wattle at Australian National Botanic Gardens.


Blueberry Ash

Eleocarpus reticulatus
A small tree or tall shrub 4-10m tall, common in woodland on sandstone. Tolerates a wide range of conditions. Typically has a dense crown of foliage, and an approximately conical form. Flowers and fruit often appear on the plant together, providing a stunning double display
. More information on Blueberry Ash at Wikipedia.


Cabbage-tree Palm

Livistona australis
Tall, slender palm to 25m. Common in moist open forest and sheltered gullies. More information on Cabbage-tree Palm at Plantnet.


Cheese Tree

Glochidion ferdinandi
A woody shrub or small tree to 8 metres, although occasionally reaching 30 metres. Common in moist, sheltered woodlands and gullies. A notable feature is the small fruit which resembles a cheese, and which is green at first before turning shades of white and pink. Requires ample water but can adapt to a wide range of soils and positions. More information on Cheese Trees at Wikipedia.

Coast Myall

Coast Myall

Acacia binervia
Small, long-lived tree to 8m found in rocky areas near rivers and creeks. The fibrous or fissured bark distinguishes it from many wattles. Masses of bright yellow flower spikes are a feature in spring. Adapted to dry sites and has a high drought tolerance. In cultivation, mature height could be expected to reach approximately 5-8m high x 5-8m wide. More information on Coast Myall at Plantnet.


Forest Red Gum

Eucalyptus tereticornis
Tall tree 20 to 50 metres, with a trunk girth of up to 2 metres. The trunk is straight, and is usually unbranched for more than half of the total height of the tree. The bark is shed in irregular sheets, resulting in a smooth trunk surface coloured in patches of white, grey and blue, corresponding to areas that shed their bark at different times. Prefers well drained clay soils. Produces pale yellow blossom from June to November. More information on Forest Red Gum at Florabank.


Grey Ironbark

Eucalyptus paniculata
Large tree growing to 30 metres with deeply furrowed, hard, grey bark, found typically on clay tops in sandstone areas. Produces creamy yellow blossom from May to August. The flowers attract nectar eating birds. More information on Grey Ironbark at Plantnet.



Acmena smithii
Small to medium tree that rarely exceeds 12 metres. Has dark dense glossy foliage, with tiny white fluffy flowers in Summer followed by pink, edible fruits in Autumn. The fruits are attractive to a wide range of bird species as well as bats and possums. Prefers better soils but will grow in most places with adequate moisture, and sometimes occurs in dwarf form on exposed coastal headlands. More information on Lillypilly at Wikipedia.


Narrow-leaved Scribbly Gum

Eucalyptus racemosa
Medium size tree to 15m with smooth, white bark. The distinctive brownish 'scribbles' are made by the larvae of the tiny scribbly moth. Found typically on sandy soils but occasionally on clay, it prefers a moister, less exposed environment than the very similar Eucalyptus haemostoma. Flowers from August to November. More information on Scribbly Gum at Plantnet.


Old Man Banksia

Banksia serrata
Small tree to 8m common in heath and forest on sandstone soils. Characterised by its grey knobbly bark and thick gnarled crooked trunk when old. Quickly regenerates after fire due its large lignotubers, underground swellings which provide food storage for the plant. The evenly serrated leaves are stiff and leathery, glossy dark green above, dull pale green below, up to 16cm long. Large cones of silver grey flowers are 8-16cm long and 5-10cm wide. The nectar attracts birds, insects and marsupials. Old Man Banksia flowers December through March. More information on Old Man Banksia at Wikipedia.


Port Jackson Fig

Ficus rubiginosa
A medium-sized tree to 10 metres, commonly found in sandstone gullies and cliffs. Has dark green leaves with rusty brown hairs on the underside. The fruit ripens from February to July and is attractive to bird and bat species. More information on Port Jackson Fig at Wikipedia.


Prickly-leaved Paperbark

Melaleuca styphelioides
Small to medium sized tree 6-15m found in swampy places on both sandstone and clay soils. Has a dense rounded canopy, drooping branchlets, and spongy bark that peels off in large strips. Flowers appear in summer in cream or white cylindrical "bottlebrush" spikes. In cultivation the species thrives in a variety of situations ranging from very moist to hot and dry. More information on Prickly-leaved Paperbark at Plantnet.


Red Bloodwood

Corymbia gummifera
A medium to large tree that prefers poor sandy soils on dry tops and slopes. Can occur in a dwarf, mallee-like form just 2m high in coastal heaths, and may occur as a large tree to 30m in sheltered forests. Produces large clusters of profuse white flowers in Summer and Autumn followed by urn shaped fruits. Previously known as Eucalyptus gummifera. More information on Red Bloodwood at Wikipedia.


Rough-barked Apple

Angophora floribunda
Grows 15-20m tall with contorted upper limbs, fibrous bark and a domed canopy, Angophora floribunda is most commonly found in moist valleys on deep, sandy soils. Creamy white blossoms occur from spring to summer. More information on Rough-barked Apple at Wikipedia.


Scribbly Gum

Eucalyptus haemostoma
A medium sized tree to 15m typically found on ridge-tops on poor, sandstone-derived soils. The bare, white and grey mottled bark shows distinctive scribbles. Adult leaves are up to 12cm long and 2-3cm wide, dull grey-green, drooping. Produces white blossoms from November to March. Aboriginal names from the Sydney region are Tarinny and Wongnary. More information on Scribbly Gum at Wikipedia.

Smooth Barked Apple

Smooth-barked Apple

Angophora costata
A large, spreading tree 15-25m found in a wide range of habitats on sandstone soils. The trunk is often gnarled and crooked with a pink to pale grey, sometimes rusty-stained bark. Old bark is shed in spring in large flakes with new salmon-pink bark turning to pale grey before the next shedding. The flowers are white and very showy, appearing in spring and early summer. More information on Smooth-barked Apple at Australian National Botanic Gardens.



Melaleuca lineariifolia
Small tree to 8m common in marshy situations in forests and gullies on both clay and sandstone soils. It bears perfumed, white flowers in early summer, with attractive creamy white papery bark. The flowering can be profuse, covering the tree in white and giving rise to its common name. In cultivation it tolerates both dry and boggy conditions. Attracts a wide variety of insects and birds. More information on Snow-in-summer at Plantnet.

Swamp Mahogany

Swamp Mahogany

Eucalyptus robusta
This medium to large tree (up to 30 metres) is common in swampy areas on sandy soils. The bark is red brown in colour and rough in texture. White blossoms appear from June to November. More information on Swamp Mahogany at Wikipedia.


Swamp Oak

Casuarina glauca
Sometimes called “native pine” because the foliage bears a similarity to pine needles. Found typically in dense stands in brackish marshes and muddy creeks on both sandstone and clay. Sometimes occurs in dwarf form on exposed headlands. Symmetrical when young, but at maturity may become a tall (up to 20m) and scraggly tree with contorted and misshapen branches. More information on Swamp Oak at Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Sydney Golden Wattle

Sydney Golden Wattle

Acacia longifolia
A fast growing shrub to 6m found in moist forest understories. Has showy golden flower spikes in spring and winter and attractive long phyllodes (leaves) up to 20cm. In cultivation will tolerate a wide range of conditions and prefers full sun or part shade. More information on Sydney Golden Wattle at Wikipedia



Syncarpia glomulifera
A tall tree to 50m with a straight trunk and fibrous, stringy bark. Has dark olive-green foliage and dense clusters of fluffy creamy white flowers are produced over Spring and Summer. Grows in moist soils in all types of forest in the Sydney region. More information on Turpentine at Plantnet.


Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina
This slow growing species 5 m to 15 m in height is often seen as a street tree in Sydney. Tristaniopsis laurina has a smooth bark when young, becoming scaly as the tree matures. Tolerates a variety of soil types from well-drained rocky soils to heavy clay loams, provided ample water is available. More information on Water Gum at Wikipedia.