Significant trees and vegetation

We have many individual trees, groups of trees and areas of vegetation that have special significance. They include native and exotic plants that are of habitat value, are rare or unique to our area, are outstanding examples of their species or of cultural or historical significance.

We register vegetation deemed significant, and they become protected under the Banyule Planning Scheme ESO4 (Environmental Significance Overlay Schedule 4).

Nominate a tree

You can nominate vegetation on public or private land for inclusion on the register. Nominations are reviewed by an arborist twice a year. We will contact you to let you know the outcome.

To be eligible, the tree or area must meet 1 or more criteria:

  • landscape: a tree or group of trees with outstanding aesthetic value or which frame or screen views, or act as a landmark
  • size: any tree of outstanding size in height, girth or canopy spread
  • age: any tree of an age that makes it old or venerable for its species variant
  • botanical: a tree which is rarely found in the wild or in cultivation
  • horticultural: any tree which is of outstanding horticultural or genetic value, and which could be an important stock for future propagation
  • historic: any tree with a specific historic or commemorative association
  • form: any tree with an outstanding, unusual, abnormal or curious growth form
  • remnant: any trees which survive from the pre-European era
  • habitat: a tree or group of trees with outstanding value as habitat or niche for native flora and fauna
  • a tree which has associations with Indigenous Australian culture or heritage.

Nominate a tree(PDF, 162KB)

Protecting trees

Read the current register(PDF, 175KB).

If you have significant vegetation on your property, you may need a planning permit to carry out works on or near it.

Tree planning permit application

Studley Park Gum

The Studley Park Gum (Eucalyptus x studleyensis) is a rare hybrid of a river red gum and swamp gum. The tree is located on the edge of the Main Yarra Trail in Banyule Flats Reserve, at the end of Somerset Drive.


For further information, please contact Council’s Environment Officer on 9433 7724 or email