Declining Moreton Bay Fig Tree
The Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) located on St Clair Reserve, Woodville Road, Woodville is in a severe state of decline. Council has sought the advice from two independent arborists seeking their opinion on the health and structure of the tree and to recommend immediate and ongoing management of the tree. Given the information that has been received, the City of Charles Sturt is committed to keeping the public safe and will be erecting a fence around the tree to minimise risk of injury due to the possible danger of falling branches.
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This Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) is greater than 100 years of age.
This tree has been in a severe state of decline for many years.
The City of Charles Sturt first monitored the decline of the tree in 2002 and consequently has since undertaken a fertiliser, watering and pruning strategy in an attempt to effectively manage the rate of decline and to improve the overall health of the tree.
More recently Council sought the advice of a further two independent arborists seeking their opinion on the health and structure of the tree and to recommend the immediate and ongoing management of the tree.
The remedial measures implemented have supported the tree for a number of years but it is now in an advanced state of decline.
The new growth that can be seen on the tree is primarily epicormic growth which in this case is stimulated by the tree being under severe stress.
The City of Charles Sturt is committed to keeping the public safe and has had to fence this area to minimise risks for the potential of injury and as the tree's structural integrity diminishes.