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.
(Common name Gippsland,
Victorian, or Mountain Waratah)
From the Slosson Garden beside the Horticultural Building, take the first path off to your right, which will bring you (just before you get to the large, rocky mound with the log railing) to our collection of telopeas – the Aborigine name waratah means, very appropriately, “seen from afar” This member of the proteaceae family is a shrub which grows up to ten or more feet tall, and at this time of year puts on a spectacular display of red blooms to light up that corner of the Australian Garden. Each bloom is actually composed of tightly-clustered flowers compressed together to form a showy red bloom between 3 to 5 inches across.
Telopeas spread by underground lignotubers, from which regeneration can occur after bush fires. They are not presently on Australia's list of endangered plants.
Telopea 'Fireball' is a hybrid of T. speciosissima and T. oreades. When available, it can be purchased from the Arboretum.
The Australian Rock Garden
Now is the time to visit the Australian Rock Garden, which is putting on a marvelous display of color and texture at the far side of the Banksia Field opposite Dr. Ball's Redwood Grove.
Also from Western Australia, Lechenaultia biloba (above), a dwarf shrub with fleshy grey-green leaves and brilliant blue flowers, and Lechenaultia formosa (below) with its vivid scarlet flowers, make vibrant splashes of color among the rocks.
From Victoria and New South Wales, the Phebalium stenophyllum (Narrow-leafed Phebalium), below, lights up the rocks with its brilliant yellow star-shaped flowers.
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.
COMMON NAME: WOOLLY ORANGE BANKSIA
This showy banksia is planted on the perimeter of the large open area leading to the Australian Rock Garden. (It is partially hidden by the large leptospermum and Grevillea 'Ruby Clusters' planted to either side.) Stunning salmon-orange flowering "cones" up to half a foot in height open from the bottom of the inflorescence upwards. Silvery, rickrack foliage is an added bonus. Notice the soft, feathery new growth in contrast with the leathery, older leaves. (There is a younger specimen of B. victoriae planted in the sandy section of the Australian Rock Garden, just forming its first bloom.)
(COMMON NAME FIREWOOD BANKSIA OR RASPBERRY FROST)
This smallish specimen can be found just to the left as you enter the clearing leading to the Australian Rock Garden. After blooming, the stamens fall off the cone, leaving a beautiful checkered design.
The Leucospermums (pincushions) are are beginning their annual spectacular display this year, among them the Leucospermum cordifolium. Their brilliant colors can be found throughout the South African garden.