Pros and Cons of Having Large Gum Trees on Your Property

Pros and Cons of Having Large Gum Trees on Your Property

The eucalyptus tree, or gum tree as they are more popularly known, is a very common tree in Australia. Gum trees make up the majority of trees in the country. They serve an important purpose in the flora make-up of the country. But what if you have one in your property and it is also causing distress and worry for the danger that it might cause?

Weighing the pros and cons of having a large gum tree in your property will help you decide what to do with it.


The government drives to protect large trees all over, and for good reasons. There are a lot of benefits that trees such as large gum trees bring to the environment and to people as well. Large gum trees provide shade that makes the surrounding tolerable during hot summer months and during the hottest time of the day. Shade from gum trees can regulate local temperatures for the comfort of the people inside homes and buildings.

On a large scale, large gum trees help in promoting the ecosystem balance. They can help prevent flooding as they can absorb a huge amount of water. They also keep the soil healthy and safe from erosion. Many animals depend on large gum trees for sustenance.

In particular, the koala relies on eucalyptus for food. Notably the pickiest animals in the world, the koala population would be in great danger if eucalyptus trees were to disappear.


Despite all the good things that large gum trees bring to the environment, there are sometimes negative consequences in keeping them in the property. First and foremost is the safety of the residents and people within the property. The gum tree’s branches could be intertwining with overhead electrical cables.

During storms, large gum trees could pose great danger to lives and property. There could be a strong possibility that the tree might be hit by lightning and as a result damage your property.

Consult an Expert

It can be difficult to decide if the large gum tree in your property should be removed or not. On the one hand, trees are protected by the government council once they reach a specific diameter. On the other hand, the tree could be posing grave danger to your family and property.

You can consult an experienced arborist to help you decide if the tree is really a hazard. Performance Arboriculture can help in the removal of any hazardous tree in a property. You can trust that the company is abiding by safety rules and regulations and is fully covered by insurance.

Performance Arboriculture not only specialises in tree removal, it also treats trees suffering from diseases. If the gum tree in your property needs to be rescued, the tree specialist can help. For more information about the company’s range of services, contact us today.