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.





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.


Banksias, banksias, banksias!

Common name: River Banksia

Banksia seminuda


Banskia seminuda

This SW Australian plant can grow up to 65 feet in height, and in the wild is found on the fringes of rivers and creeks. This particular specimen is about 20 feet tall, with bright yellow flowers. Go up the steps from the Hort Building to the second picnic table and cut through the path that brings you to the service road edging the Banksia Field. The tree is slightly to your left and in front of you, just behind the BC4 ground marker.

Banksia victoriae
Common name: Woolly Orange Banksia

Banksia victoriae

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.