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Vegetation management

City of Gold Coast protects trees and vegetation on private land to preserve our city's character, amenity, biodiversity, historical and ecological values.

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Removal of pest species vegetation

Residents are permitted to damage/remove assessable vegetation if it is one of the below species and has been identified by an AQF Level 3 Arborist.

Please refer to the hiring an arborist or tree contractor page for further information on this.

Cocos palm, also known as Queen palm (syagrus romanzofffiana)

  • fast-growing tree to 21 metres
  • sturdy ridged trunk
  • leaves green to 4.5 metres long with long, strappy leaflets radiating from the central leaf stem
  • flowers small and inconspicuous. Fruit a fleshy orange berry up to 2.5 centimetres long.
 

Coral tree (erythrina indica/e.crista galli and erythrina x sykesii)

  • thorny deciduous tree with bright red flowers
  • has ability to spread by suckering or from broken off pieces (the wood is soft) of trunk or branches
  • leaves bright green consisting of three large leaflets, the central one on a longer stalk.
 

Cadaghi (corymbia torelliana)

  • evergreen tree from North Queensland, to 30 metres
  • trunk has a stocking of grey scaly bark at the base, smooth pale green bark above
  • flowers in masses of scented, cream-coloured balls
  • fruit almost round, woody capsule with many tiny seeds.
 

Slash pine (pinus elliotii)

  • evergreen, resinous and aromatic trees to 50 metres
  • leaves 20–30 centimetres long, needle-like in bundles
  • flowers in separate male and female cones
  • female cones open to release dark seeds with wings 2–3 centimetres long.
 

Umbrella tree (schefflera actinophylla)

  • tree to 10 metres, often multi-stemmed
  • leaves compound with stalks up to 40 centimetres long
  • leaflets arranged umbrella-like (palmately), up to 30 centimetres long
  • small red flowers in sprays held above the foliage
  • fruit dark red to 0.5 centimetres long with a single seed.
 

Further information on the above species and other flora and fauna can be accessed via our Gold Coast flora and fauna page.

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