What's Blooming

Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa), New Zealand Garden

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 a sample of some of the specimens that are currently worth seeking out. To aid in your quest a map of the Arboretum can be found here. To view a larger selection of what's currently blooming in our gardens, check out the photo gallery on the Arboretum Snapshots page.


California Natives, the entrance garden

The California Garden, on the right as you enter the Arboretum, boasts many special plants of interest to gardeners. Many of these were originally selected in the wild by Arboretum staff, and have since been propagated and released to the horticultural trade.

Showy native blooms are currently well represented in the California Garden. Highlights are the beautiful salvias like the Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia) and the Salvia 'Winifred Gilman'. Other showy blooms include the Trichostema lanatum (Wooly Blue Curls) and Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat).

Trichostema lanatum (Wooly Blue Curls)
Trichostema lanatum (Wooly Blue Curls)

Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia)
epilobium canum (california fuschia)

Salvia 'Winifred Gilman'
Salvia 'Winifred Gilman'

Eriogonum fasciculatum (California Buckwheat)
Eriogonum fasciculatum (Calif Buckwheats)


South African Garden

There are a wide variety of Leucospermums (pincushions) continuing their annual spectacular display this year, among them the Leucospermum 'The Spider'. Their brilliant colors can be found throughout the South African garden.  They have been joined by the spectacular Protea repens (Sugar Bush), Leucadendron 'Winter Red', and Erica cruenta.

Leucospermum 'The Spider'
Leucospermum 'The Spider'

Protea repens (Sugar Bush)
protea repens

Leucadendron 'Winter Red'
leucadendron-winter-red

Erica cruenta
erica-cruenta


New Zealand Garden

Many New Zealand plants have become familiar to California gardeners and many special forms of these plants are on display. Among these are a variety of Hebes and the fascinating Metrosideros perforata now in full bloom in the New Zealand Kiwi beds..  This plant has small compact leaves and masses of white flowers in mid Summer that are very attractive to bumble bees.

Also just beginning to hit its peak in the Arboretum with stunning crimson red flowers is the Metrosideros excelsae (Pohutukawa)Sometimes referred to as New Zealand's Christmas tree, it can grow up to 33 ft high. 

Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa)
Metrosideros excelsa (Pohutukawa)

Metrosideros perforata
Metrosideros perforata

Hebe andersonii-x
Hebe andersonii-x

Hebe pubescens
Hebe pubescens


Australian Rock Garden

A stroll through the Australian Gardens is always a feast for the senses. You can't help but notice the spectacular callistemons currently in bloom. Diving, glittering hummingbirds signal the presence of grevilleas of every form and hue. What might look like furry animals hidden here and there in the shrubbery are actually Banksias.

The Australian Rock Garden is also putting on a marvelous display of color and texture at the far side of the Banksia Field opposite Dr. Ball's Redwood Grove.

Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid'
callistemon-cane's-hybrid

Callistemon 'Little John'
Callistemon 'Little John'

Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia)
Banksia victoriae (Wooly Orange Banksia)

Banksia media
Banksia media

Grevillea 'Honey Gem'
Grevillea 'Honey Gem'
Grevillea
'Long John'
Grevillea 'Long John'

Xerochrysum bracteatum (Strawflower)
There is a large field of these flowers located on the right as you head on the upper drive toward Horticulture II. 

xerochrysum-bracteatum