Do you have a lot of trees that need lopping on the Gold Coast? We have some wonderful trees in South East QLD which look absolutely beautiful, some of which need regular lopping and others that can be left to grow unfettered for years. Here are some interesting facts about our local trees, some of which you might have on your property and know nothing about!
Strangler Figs – an unusual start to life
These trees can often grow to become one of our giant trees, but they actually start off as a tiny seed deposited in bird droppings in the top branches of another tree. Known as the host tree, over time this tree is totally overtaken and can eventually die as the tiny seedling grows and send its roots creeping down the host’s trunk to form a lattice that eventually completely surrounds the host’s trunk.
Given enough time, the Strangler Fig can become strong enough to support itself and after the host tree has long since died due to being out-competed for resources, the Strangler Fig remains as a towering hollow mesh or lattice. Sometimes these trees require lopping on the Gold Coast, but more often than not they are in national parks and can be left to grow unmolested.
Eucalyptus Trees – includes the tallest flowering plant on earth
With more than 700 species in Australia, the Eucalypt is one of our most commonly seen trees with one species, the ‘Eucalypt regnans’, recognised as being the tallest flowering plant on the planet. Also known as gum trees, because some species exude a sticky gum through their bark, Eucalyptus trees can absorb massive quantities of water from the ground, so are the tree of choice if you want to keep your soil well drained.
They are also ideal in marshy areas for the same reason and in areas that suffer from large mosquito infestations, because they destroy the wet habitats where their eggs grow. If Eucalypts are draining too much water from your Gold Coast property, it might be worthwhile lopping a few trees to keep more water on your land.
Moreton Bay Figs – an iconic shade tree perfect for parklands
Named after Moreton Bay in SE QLD, this is an awesome tree that can reach heights of 30 metres or more and widths of 20 metres. It’s a huge shade tree which is why it’s perfect for parklands and produces fruit that is loved by native birds and other wildlife. Kids also love climbing these old trees and people on the Gold Coast simply appreciate their beauty and their age.
In fact, some of these trees are so big and so old that many are more than 100 years old and were planted to line the streets at the beginning of the 20th century. This species is so old that Indigenous Australians have used the inner bark and roots to make cords and cloth for fishing nets for thousands of years.
If you think that some of these species might need tree lopping on the Gold Coast, it’s best to check with your local council first, because you might need permission before going ahead.