Trees provide environmental, social and health benefits for our municipality. They shade our streets, attract birds and insects, add to our sense of place and make our suburbs more liveable.

Choosing a new tree for your garden requires a bit of homework to make sure you get the right tree for your place.  We’ve created a list of trees that will provide you with a starting point. Happy planting!

Download a copy of the Trees for Whitehorse, Gardens by Height ( PDF 3.45MB) document to find out more about trees that can be good to plant in Whitehorse.

Do you want to know more? We run a monthly series of seminars where we hear from local experts about gardening, plant selection and garden design. Visit our ‘What’s Happening’ page to see what’s coming up. Whitehorse also has a qualified Horticulturist in our planning team who is available to provide advice on tree selection. Please contact Council for more information. 

In Whitehorse we love our trees. This video will introduce you to ten beautiful and inspiring trees in our area and the people who love them.

Significant Trees

Whitehorse maintains a register of trees that are deemed to be significant under the following criteria:

  • Historical significance 
  • Rare/Localised distribution 
  • Horticultural/Genetic value 
  • Curious growth form 
  • Outstanding size 
  • Outstanding example of species 
  • Particularly old 
  • Aesthetic value 
  • Aboriginal culture 
  • Unique location/Context 
  • Unique environmental contribution 
  • Good example of indigenous species

The purpose of keeping the list is to provide recognition of the contribution of these trees to the landscape.  These specific Significant Trees are protected under the Vegetation Protection Overlay of the Whitehorse Planning Scheme. The Significant Tree List can be view by suburb under the Vegetation Protection Overlay.

You can check if there is a Significant Tree on your property using Whitehorse Maps and selecting the Planning Overlays Map.

To determine whether you require a planning permit before you remove or lop trees on private property refer to Tree Protection within Whitehorse. Substantial penalties apply for illegal tree removal or lopping.