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What makes a tree significant?

We are encouraging Bayside residents to nominate their trees to be included on our Significant Tree Register. 

Large important trees bring life, shade, oxygen and beauty and are highly valued by our community, which is why we want to protect them.

But what makes a significant tree, well, significant?

Let’s have a look at five different examples of what makes a tree eligible for Bayside’s Significant Tree Register.

Rare species for region and possibly location

An example here is the Cherry Ballart - Exocarpos cupressiformis - in Beaumaris. This tree has had a tough life, over 60 years old, and slowly recovering from a storm. It is rare for this location and well worth retaining.

Cherry Ballart tree resting against fence
Curious growth form

Have a look at this peculiar tree in Beaumaris. This Smooth Barked Apple Myrtle - Angophora costata – is big and strong, providing lots of shelter for wildlife while contributing to the amenity and liveability of the area.

Apple myrtle tree
Outstanding tree 

All you need for this section is an exceptionally impressive tree, such as this Moreton Bay Fig - Ficus macrophylla – which adds significant amenity value to the area and the surrounding buildings. 

Moreton Bay Fig
Heritage listed

Does your tree add character to your magnificent house? These magnificent Heritage listed Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora - trees which introduce visitors to this stately home in Brighton.

Tree lined driveway leading up to stately home
Remnant tree 

This beautiful grand old lady, the remnant River Red Gum - Eucalyptus camaldulensis – in Beaumaris is well over 100 years old. Letter from the King anyone?


Nominating a tree is easy and free.

Council’s Significant Tree Management Policy does not restrict the owner of a significant tree from maintaining it.

Find out more on how to nominate your significant tree

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