Palm trees enhance the beauty of your property. However, in some situations palm tree removal is the only option.

Before you begin your palm tree removal project here are some of the important things you need to know.

Palm Tree Removal Checklist

  1. Site inspection: Your arborist will visit your property and assess the condition of your palm tree, its location, and any potential risks and hazards.
  2. Quotation: You need a detailed quote outlining the cost and scope of your palm tree removal project. The cost will consider factors like tree size, accessibility, complexity, equipment required, and any additional services requested.
  3. Tree work permits: Trees on private property are regulated by local council. It’s likely you will need a permit before work can begin. Your arborist can advise you on your permit requirements and check for any permit exemptions.
  4. Insurance & qualification checks: You may want to see proof of insurance & qualifications. Ask to see copies of public liability insurance and worker’s compensation certificates. Some LGA’s require all work to be carried out by AQF qualified Arborists.
  5. AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Tree: Tree work permits and insurance cover requires all work to be carried out in accordance to Australian Standards AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees. This standard provides recommendations and best practices for the safe pruning of trees to promote their health, structure, and aesthetics.

Permits For Palm Tree Removal

Each Local Government Area (LGA) sets its own tree work regulations. Some LGAs allow some pruning or removal without a permit, while others require permits for all tree work.

To avoid potential fines and legal issues, you need to understand the specific permit requirements in your area. Our knowledgeable team can assist in identifying your tree species, and determining whether you need a palm tree removal permit. We can also provide advice on potential permit exemptions, particularly if the palm tree is an introduced species or listed as a noxious weed.

Most LGA will also have an exempt tree species list. This lists undesirable tree species that do not require a tree works permit.

Here are two introduced palm tree species that may qualify for an exemption in your area.

Cocos Palms  / Queen Palm

cocos palm tree removal

The Cocos palm or Queen Palm is a palm tree commonly listed on many LGA’s exempt tree species list.

It is also listed as a weed in NSW. It propagates easily and is fast growing. Forcing native plants to compete as it invades local habitats.

The Cocos Palm, when well-maintained, adds aesthetic appeal to landscapes and is favored by Sydney landscapers and property owners. However, its upkeep demands significant attention. Regular pruning is necessary to manage its large fruit clusters. Neglected Cocos Palms can exhibit unsightly characteristics, with dangling dead fronds and decaying fruit.

The fruit itself poses various challenges. Falling fruit creates hazards, generates mess, and attracts pests. The presence of the fruit also lures Flying Foxes, although maneuvering through the Palm’s leaves can result in injuries for them.

For some property owners, the maintenance requirements outweigh the benefits. Consequently, they opt to remove or replace the tree with a native or low-maintenance palm species, considering it a more practical solution that aligns with their preferences.

Canary Island Date Palm

Canary Island Date Palm Tree Removal

The Phoenix canariensis, commonly known as the Canary Island Date Palm, is an exotic tree species originating from the Canary Islands. It has a gradual growth rate, reaching heights of 10-20 meters, and in some cases, even towering up to 40 meters.

This palm tree is occasionally misidentified due to its resemblance to other Phoenix species. However, it can be easily distinguished by its distinct feather-like (pinnate) leaves, which can grow up to 4-6 meters in length.

The Phoenix canariensis slow rate of growth makes it a low maintenance palm tree. While it is an introduced species, it is an attractive palm that doesn’t cause any problems to the native habitat.

Replacing your tree

Your local council may require you to plant a new tree as a condition of your permit. This is part of a government scheme to increase the amount of tree canopy coverage in urban areas.

If you plan to replace your tree, you might consider replacing your palm tree with a species that thrives in Sydney.

Here are 5 native Australian palm trees to consider:

  1. Cabbage Palm (Livistona australis):

The Cabbage Palm is a native Australian palm tree found in the Sydney region. It features a tall trunk, fan-shaped leaves, and small purple berries. It is a hardy palm that can tolerate a range of soil types and coastal conditions.

Cabbage Palm (Livistona australis)
  1. Bangalow Palm (Archontophoenix:

The Bangalow Palm is another native palm tree species found in Sydney. It has a slender trunk, graceful arching fronds, and clusters of red berries. It is well-adapted to the subtropical climate of Sydney and is often seen in gardens and parks.

Bangalow Palm Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
  1. Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcata):

Although not native to Sydney, the Foxtail Palm has become widely cultivated and naturalized in the region. It is native to northeastern Australia and is known for its distinctive foxtail-like fronds and bright red fruits. It thrives in Sydney’s warm and humid climate

Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia Bifurcata)
  1. Illawarra Palm (Livistona decipiens):

The Illawarra Palm is a native palm tree that is endemic to the Illawarra region of New South Wales. It has a slender trunk, large fan-shaped leaves, and small black fruits. It is well-suited to Sydney’s coastal conditions and is often used in landscaping.

  1. Red Ash (Archontophoenix purpurea):

The Red Ash is a native palm tree species found in the rainforests of northern New South Wales and Queensland, but it can also be found in Sydney. It has a tall, slender trunk, glossy green fronds, and attractive red new growth. It adds a touch of tropical beauty to Sydney’s landscapes.

Red Ash (Archontophoenix purpurea)

Speak to our consulting arborist who can access your property and requirements. And help you find a suitable palm tree replacement.

Palm Tree Trimming & Pruning Services

You might decide that restoring your palm is the best option. Our Palm tree trimming service can help improve the health, appearance, and safety of your tree.

Palm tree trimming depends on various factors such as the palm species, its health, growth rate, and desired aesthetic. Dead or brown fronds should be removed as soon as possible. Many palm trees benefit from an annual trimming to maintain their shape, remove dead fronds, and enhance their appearance. Fast-growing palms may require trimming every 6 to 12 months, while slow-growing palms may only need trimming every 2 to 3 years.

Palm Tree Removal Cost

Cost of palm tree removal is an important consideration when planning your project. Several factors can influence the overall cost. These include the size of the tree, its location, the complexity of the removal process, and any additional services required.

For small palm trees, such as Dwarf Date Palms or Fan Palms, the cost typically ranges from $500 to $800. Medium-sized palms like Queen Palms or Cocos Palms fall within the price range of $800 to $1,500. Larger palm trees, such as Canary Island Date Palms or Bangalow Palms, can cost over $1,500 for removal. It’s important to note that these are general price ranges, and actual costs may vary based on specific circumstances.

Stump Removal

palm tree stump removal

Stump removal is an optional extra when removing your palm tree.

Our stump removal process involves the use of specialised equipment and machinery to grind down the stump below ground level. This eliminates any potential hazards and allows for seamless landscaping or construction projects.

The cost of palm tree stump removal varies depending on factors such as stump size, accessibility, and the number of stumps to be removed.