New trees

Planting of new trees

Council is responsible for trees in streets, on nature strips, in parks and reserves. Residents are not permitted to plant trees on Council land.

Trees are a community asset and an important part of our environment. They make our streets more attractive, provide shade, and are a home for birds and wildlife.

When and where new trees are planted

Council plants new trees in streets and open space between May and September each year. Planting is carried out according to a plan which prioritises areas which have missing trees.

Council and local groups host community planting days from April to September. Residents come together to plant new trees along creeks and in open space.

Types of trees planted

Council selects the most appropriate tree for the street or space. Selection of a tree considers the space available to grow a tree and any impact on infrastructure such as footpaths, roads, overhead wires and property.

Council plants a range of trees species, including indigenous (Victorian), native (Australian), and exotic tree species.

When Council plants a new street tree, we let residents next to the tree know the type of tree which has been planted and its characteristics. There are also many websites which provide information about trees.

The Moreland Urban Forest Strategy 2017-27 (DOC 20Mb) provides a guide for all new street tree planting. Council is also developing a Street Tree Planting Plan to guide the planning, planting, management and resourcing of Moreland street trees.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on work activity have impacted our tree target for 2020. We will complete a backlog of tree planting beginning April 2021, pending suitable tree planting weather conditions. We seek your patience and understanding as we continue to plant trees to grow Moreland's sustainable urban forest.

Request a new street tree

Request a new street tree through the Council website if you do not have a tree on the nature strip near your property. Alternatively you can contact Council.

Request a new street tree

All requests are considered and if approved are placed on the Council planting list.

New trees on private property

You do not need Council approval to plant a new tree on private property.

Planting trees in your garden helps to increase tree canopy and provides shading. Search the Moreland Tree Finder tool to select a suitable tree species for your space.

Tree location or main purpose

Using indigenous plants can help your garden be drought tolerant. See a selection of indigenous trees we recommend for planting in Moreland.

Dutch Elm

Ulmus x hollandica

Large oval tree to 15m +. This tree creates attractive soft shade and possesses bright green foliage that furns brown in autumn before falling

Sapporo Autumn Gold Elm

Ulmus sapporo Autumn Gold

Medium oval tree 8-15m. The dense foliage produces excellent shade beneath. The foliage furns bright yellow-gold in autumn.

Yunnan Poplar

Populus yunnanensis

Large oval tree from 15m with large diamond shaped glossy leaves that change from bright green to gold in autumn.

Search the Moreland Tree Finder tool for a full list of indigenous trees (select 'Indigenous to Moreland' under Advanced) or visit gardening with indigenous plants for a list of indigenous shrub and grass species.