Our tree collection

Magnificent trees grow in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park.

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.  The Black Walnut, Juglans  nigra, planted in 1902 is a beautiful tree.

Eastern Park is an arboretum featuring a great collection of conifers. Pines from around the world form wonderful avenues along the original carriageways.   

We have been adding to the collection with unusual species and over 1,000 young trees are visible in the parkland.  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 a new app you can use on your iPhone 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

  • Crown spread

The Register is an integrated list of Australian native trees, and naturalised exotic/alien trees. It is constantly changing as people nominate trees they have found.

Bunya Lawn at the Geelong Botanic Gardens

Quercus suber - the Cork Oak

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