Our tree collection is a testament to the foresight of the Curators who have looked after the botanic garden since 1851. Early plantings of exotic trees from around the world are now maturing.
Many of these trees like the Copper Beech, Fagus sylvatica purpurea have the 'wow factor' of a wonderful tree not commonly seen in Australia. The Black Walnut, Juglans nigra, planted in 1902 is a beautiful tree.
Eastern Park is an arboretum featuring a great collection of conifers. Historic plantings have grown into wonderful avenues marking the Botanic Gardens original carriageways.
We have been developing the plant collection with unusual species and replanting the historic avenues. These trees are an investment for the next fifty to a hundred years.
A number of our trees are included on Heritage Victoria's Register of Significant Trees. There is an app you can use on your to find the most important trees anywhere in Victoria listed on the National Trust's Register of Significant Trees. It is free to download from their website.
The National Register of Big Trees is another interesting website worth exploring. Australia's largest trees of each species are recorded in this Register. Points are awarded on the basis of a formula that includes circumference, height and canopy spread.
The Register is an integrated list of Australian native trees and exotic trees. It is constantly changing as people nominate trees they have found.
Quercus suber - the Cork Oak