Explore Melbourne's
Urban Forest

The City of Melbourne maintains more than 70,000 trees. This website enables you to explore this dataset and some of the challenges facing Melbourne’s Urban Forest.


Map Explore the tree data

Individual tree data for City of Melbourne trees is presented below. Pan and Zoom into different areas of Melbourne, click on tree symbols to reveal details, and select between different locations and filters.

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Map colours and symbols

Colour Useful Life Expectancy (ULE) *

More than 20 Years Healthy
Less than 20 Years At Risk
Less than 10 Years Declining
Less than 5 Years Dying

* ULE is a health indicator, not a schedule for removal.

Tree Symbols By Genus

Platanus Plane Trees
Ulmus Elms
Corymbia Gums
Quercus Oaks

Open data

Access the Urban Forest Tree data via City of Melbourne's Open Data Portal      data.melbourne.vic.gov.au


New Trees Planting activity for next decade

Tree planting schedule

Each Urban Forest Precinct Plan contains a planting schedule which shows when urban forest planting will take place in each street over the next ten years. The schedule for planting is based on a range of factors, including community priorities shared in the local precinct workshops.

The tree planting roadmap shows when each street will be planted and what the intensity of the planting will be. In some streets, planting might be minimal due to limited opportunities for new trees, or in other cases tree planting might occur on a large scale as part of a streetscape redevelopment. The map also shows when tree planting is complete in each street.

When prioritising where to plant, it’s important to focus resources in the locations that need it most. This includes consideration of where we have opportunities to plant new trees or replacement trees, where the highest density of vulnerable people reside, which streets are the hottest in summer and where low canopy cover exists today. More detail about the factors considered to develop the planting schedule is included in each local Precinct Plan.

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Open data

Access the Planting Schedule data via City of Melbourne's Open Data Portal      data.melbourne.vic.gov.au


Life Span What happens when trees age?

Useful lifetime expectancy

Many of Melbourne’s trees are approaching the end of their useful life due to a combination of age and the combined stresses of extended drought, extreme heat and water restrictions. The useful life of a tree is an estimate of how long a tree is likely to remain in the landscape based on health, amenity and risk.

Healthy trees are thriving and have a life expectancy exceeding 20 years.

At risk trees may be stressed due to drought or other environmental factors but cultural treatments (e.g., irrigation, mulching etc.) can be used to restore trees to health.

Trees that are declining have reached a point where treatments may prolong life but will not restore the health of the trees, and dying trees require removal from the landscape.

Diversity Why is diversity important?

Melbourne's most common tree types - graphed by genus - coloured by useful lifetime

Increasing diversity

A lack of species diversity leaves the urban forest vulnerable to threats from pests, disease, and stress due to climate change. Currently our urban forest is dominated by eucalypts, planes, elms and gums (corymbias). Many of these trees were planted at the same time during condensed periods of planting activity, and large numbers of elms and planes are now reaching the end of their useful life expectancy.

37% of planes have a life expectancy of less than 10 years.

50% of elms have a life expectancy of less than 10 years.

Reducing Risk

Combined with the substantial losses associated with an ageing tree population, myrtle rust and sycamore lace bug are current threats to the Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Platanus genera. Diversification is a basic rule for reducing risk. A greater range of species will provide greater resilience and long-term stability for the forest as a whole.


Precincts Participation and plans

City of Melbourne is divided into 10 precincts, and public workshops have been held in each precinct.

Aerial view of Fitzroy Gardens

Urban forest strategies

Collins Street 1880, 1945 and 2013

Melbourne thermal imagery at night

Melbourne urban heat island

Urban details

Urban forest workshops: Carlton

Get involved: What can I do next?

Into the future

  • Consider planting on your balcony, rooftop or in your backyard

  • Attend a Canopy forum to learn about green roofs and walls

  • Be aware of development and opportunities for green infrastructure

  • Become an advocate for planning issues affecting trees in your area

  • Precinct Plans

    Review precinct plans on City of Melbourne website

    Additional information

    Visit the Urban Forest participate webpage
    Visit the City of Melbourne Urban Forest site for documents and more information

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