Camphor laurel tree removal at Manly (Northern Beaches)


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Cut down dead camphor laurel tree (Cinnamomum camphora).

By Northern Beaches arborist, Chris Allchin. 

We were recently called upon to remove a dying camphor laurel tree from a Manly backyard on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

While, from ground level, the tree looked healthy, it was clear that the top of the tree had already died.  This is typical behaviour of a dying camphor laurel tree – they often die at the top and gradually the disease spreads down the tree.

Removing a dying tree presents several challenges.

As a professional arborist, I am well aware that a dying camphor laurel tree presents several tree removal challenges.  The dead branches are typically extremely brittle and, while they may appear large and sturdy, they are unable to safely hold the weight of a grown man.  In my 20+ years working in this industry, I have heard many stories of unqualified and inexperienced tree loppers having terrible accidents when removing branches from these lofty trees.

It is common for large trees like camphor laurels, jacaranda and liquidambar’s to become extremely brittle when dying.  This isn’t a problem for our team as we have the skills and tools to successfully tackle the removal of these large species without incident.

Once onsite at the Manly property, we first assess the tree’s health.  We initially removed one of the lower, dead limbs and found it was extremely light. There was no way the upper limbs could support our weight!

Watching the video above, you can see how we removed the dying camphor laurel tree without relying on the upper branches.

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Tree removal with difficult access.

The location of the large tree at the rear of the Manly property, accessible only by limited side access, may have provided challenges for others but not our team.

To keep our time on-site to a minimum, always mindful of our client’s budget, our team works like a well-oiled production line, cutting the branches and trunk into manageable sizes, so we can quickly carry them to street level where our chipper and truck are located.

Northern Beaches Council tree removal regulations.

Under Northern Beaches Council tree removal regulations, within which this Manly property is located, camphor laurels are considered a ‘weed species’ and approval isn’t required to remove these trees.

The camphor laurel is a highly invasive, evergreen tree that can grow up to 20-30 metres in height. Native to China, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam, camphor laurels were introduced to Australia in 1877.  They can now be seen growing in many Northern Beaches and North Shore gardens.  The camphor laurel is mildly toxic to humans and all parts of the plant are poisonous.  Allergic skin reactions may also occur.

It’s important to note that, while camphor laurels are considered a ‘weed species’ by many Councils, some Councils still require approval before trimming or removing them.  Please contact Chris directly for advice.


To discuss tree maintenance and tree removal requirements, contact Northern Beaches arborist, Chris Allchin, directly.

Chris is a qualified arborist and has undertaken 8 years of study in arboriculture, horticulture and landscaping.  Chris is passionate about the environment and is always happy to impart his expertise in plant care to his clients.

The team at Banksia Arborcare service Sydney’s Northern Beaches, North Shore and Northern Sydney areas 7 days a week.

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About Banksia Arborcare

All tree services Northern Beaches and North Shore Sydney.

Chris Allchin, owner of Banksia Arborcare, is a qualified arborist who has undertaken 8 years of study in arboriculture, horticulture and landscaping to gain a broad and varied understanding of tree and plant care.

Chris has decades of experience in a wide range of tree services, making Banksia Arborcare a trusted choice in providing expert, local landscaping advice and solutions.

Affordable and reliable tree services

Safe and reliable tree services.

The team at Banksia Arborcare use only the highest quality, most advanced equipment to ensure all our tree services are safe, reliable and completed on time. We always try to endeavour to educate the public on the significant positives of maintaining a green environment and as a result, we always perform our tree services with the environment in mind.

Arboriculture is a dangerous profession and Banksia Arborcare follow all Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines;

  • The Banksia Arborcare team wear protective clothing during emergency tree removal and use well-maintained equipment;
  • Removal of small and large trees, leaving the area neat and tidy. Banksia Arborcare can offer experience advice on the planting of new trees and they can supply and plant trees;
  • All pruning work complies with Australian Standard AS 4373;
  • Stump grinding – unattractive stumps can be turned into fine mulch and used in the garden;
  • They will discuss any problematic trees you may have and suggest an appropriate course of action.

Arborist reports.

Chris and the team at Banksia Arborcare are leading Northern Beaches arborists who have the necessary Level 5 qualification to prepare any arborist report.

Our arborists can often save problem trees.

Trees make our world a better place, but sometimes they can cause problems, and emergency tree removal becomes necessary. That’s why we recommend you employ an arborist to regularly inspect your trees to predict and, importantly, prevent serious tree problems from arising.

When you suspect a tree problem, whether it’s sick or dangerous, in most instances a tree be saved with just a few maintenance steps.


For advice on how you can maintain happy and healthy trees on your property and neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to contact Chris directly or scroll down to complete our online enquiry form. Chris is passionate about the trees and our environment and is always happy to impart his expertise in plant care to his clients.

The team at Banksia Arborcare services Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Upper North Shore, Lower North Shore and Northern Sydney areas 7 days a week.