Yarra City Council has left residents stumped after they planted a tree in the middle of a suburban road.

Commuters have to dodge the tree on Mater Street in Collingwood, with a number of residents fuming at the bizarre obstacle.

In response, a spokeswoman said:

“In order to calm traffic at this location, we extended the kerb outstands and planted trees both in the outstand and in the middle of the road,” she said.

“This is a greener alternative to using a hard traffic treatment, like a concrete traffic island.

“Where appropriate, we try to incorporate trees as part of our traffic calming projects.”

A Melbourne council has stumped inner-city residents by planting a tree in the middle of a residential road.

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The council also mentioned they would happily look into it if residents had concerns.