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Removal of pest species vegetation

Residents are permitted to damage or 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.

Prior to undertaking vegetation clearing works, landowners are advised to review any state and federal government vegetation clearing requirements. 

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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