Trees

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne contains over 6000 tree species including indigenous, rare and exotic trees – some of which have heritage or commemorative significance.

Around 40% of the trees at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are Australian native species. The oldest trees are several remnant River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) that pre-date European settlement of Melbourne by hundreds of years.

The oldest planted specimens are ‘Arthur’s Elms’. These are two remaining English Elms (Ulmus procera) planted by the first Curator, John Arthur in 1846.

In order to manage the tree collection at RBG Melbourne and RBG Cranbourne, we have developed a Strategic Tree Plan 2009 – 2018 (PDF 1.5mb). This document informs the effective planning and long term management of our trees.

The Strategic Tree Plan focuses on seven key themes: canopy stock, planting renewal, risk management, tree protection, habitat and heritage conservation, resources and sustainability and outreach and development.

The National Trust has developed and app that features some of the most significant trees at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Check out the National Trust Trees iPhone App.

Commemorative Trees

At RBG Melbourne there are more than 80 commemorative trees that have been planted by significant public figures over the last 166 years. Plant labels have been installed to highlight those people who have had the honour of planting a tree at RBG Melbourne, including royalty, political leaders and celebrities.