What's Blooming

There are literally thousands of interesting individual plants in the Arboretum's collections.

At any time of the year there's something blooming, and there's always plenty to see.
To help you decide where to start, we present some of the specimens that are currently worth seeking out. To aid in your quest a map of the Arboretum can be found here.

ANIGOZANTHOS FLAVIDUS
(Common name Kangaroo Paws)

anigozanthos photograph

 

anigozanthos photograph

The Kangaroo Paws in the Australian Garden are particularly handsome this year. The yellow-flowered form is blooming to either side of the "Welcome to the Arboretum" sign in the upper parking lot. The fuzzy petals are fused into a tube shape, resembling kangaroo paws which gives them their common name. There are often hummingbirds darting about among the flowers, drawn to the nectar inside the flower.

GREVILLEA 'SUPERB'

 Grevillea-superb

 

 Grevillea-superb

A large, colorful swath of this aptly-named grevillea can be found in the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. It is a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.

BABINGTONIA VIRGATA (previously BAECKIA VIRGATA) (Common name Twiggy Heath Myrtle)

Slosson entrance photograph

Entrance to the Slosson Garden, showing one of the stone benches.
The Babingtonia are on both sides of the path in the middle background.

Babingtonia photograph

 

Babingtonia photograph

This large shrub can be found at the entrance to the Slosson Garden closest to the wide path separating the Australian from the South African Garden, just behind the two stone benches and on the mound to the right. It is often used in bonsai plantings.