The City’s approval is required for all tree plantings on City land including those undertaken by developers, residents, community groups, City staff and/or by contractors on behalf of the City.
Local native tree species that reflect the local character and conditions of the area are preferred. You can identify the soil type in your area by referring to the soil types map(PDF, 335KB) and the relevant soil information sheets can provide useful information for selecting the right tree species and shrubs for your soil type.
East Coast Soils - species list(PDF, 189KB)
Central Soils - species list(PDF, 193KB)
Scarp Soils - species list(PDF, 180KB)
The Tree Planting Guidelines(PDF, 2MB) stipulate the tree species that are acceptable within the City of Swan. Please contact the City if you are wishing to plant any tree not listed on this document.
If you wish to plant a tree:
- please contact the City for approval prior to planting a tree in the verge. Unauthorised planting on City land may result in the removal or relocation of the planting at the resident or developer’s cost.
- please refer to the above link for suitable species types for your area
- if you wish to plant a tree that is not on that list, please contact he City with your proposal, for consideration
- if you wish to plant a tree that is included in the link, please discuss your preference with the City when seeking approval.
Free Street Trees Program
Every resident in the City of Swan can request a free street tree for their verge. Available trees are listed in the Street Tree Selection Brochure(PDF, 2MB) and are subject to availability, supply and budget.
The City’s program is designed to improve streetscapes by planting trees to provide shade, improve air quality and offer habitat and food for native animals. Planting is completed in winter, but requests may be placed at any time of the year with our Customer Services Centre.
Requests are assessed by the Parks Supervisor (City wide) and take into account available space, suitable species, existing themes, customer's requirements and soil conditions. The type of tree the City will supply is dependent on your location and surrounding tree types. This is to ensure that trees are chosen to reflect the local character and conditions and provide attractive streetscapes and public amenity.
Should requests exceed the available budget, customers will be wait listed for the following year.
For the best chance of survival, residents are encouraged to water the verge tree until it becomes established, normally for the first 2 summers.
The City also has guidelines designed to assist with inquiries about tree protection, planting, pruning, removal and maintenance. Additional detail about tree planting can be found in Section 10 of The City of Swan Landscape Guidelines
Residents in new areas:
As part of your home and land package you may be entitled to have a street tree planted by your developer. If you would like a street tree, please contact your developer prior to asking the City.
Residents in existing areas:
Where practicable the tree/s should not be planted under power lines, unless their potential mature height remains within the specified distance from power lines – as detailed on the Western Power website.