• Melbourne
  • RBG
  • Educational

Oak tree removal - Burr Oak

The beautiful Burr Oak, Quercus macrocarpa subsp. macrocarpa has been identified as a potential risk to visitors and as a result will be removed in December. Planted in the early 1900s, the tree has had quite a long life here at the Gardens! 

Over the past few years, the Burr Oak has had multiple branches break off and over time has destabilised the tree roots. The large mound of soil around the base of the tree is an indication of root failure. There is also a large cavity in one of the main branches which is currently carrying most of the weight of the canopy, making the entire tree unstable. After a thorough assessment, our Arborists have determined that the roots are no longer strong enough to support the weight of the tree canopy and it may be at risk of collapse, especially in high winds.

Our Arborists are in the process of cutting the tree down. All the branches are removed first, then the trunk is cut down. The trunk and larger limbs of the tree will be used by a woodworking school in Box Hill. The wood is extremely good for furniture making. Any unusable wood will be mulched and used around the Garden to keep the beds looking beautiful throughout summer.

A Kermes Oak, Quercus coccifera has been planted as succession for this tree.

Find out more about the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Strategic Tree Plan here.