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Special Plant Collections

Eucalyptus 'Urrbrae Gem'

Eucalyptus 'Urrbrae Gem'
Photo by Jennifer Gardner

Eucalypt Collection

The Eucalypt Collection contains over 800 specimens representing more than 340 species and subspecies. Most of these have been grown from seed collected in the wild. There are also some unique hybrids which originated at the Waite Institute.

'Urrbrae Gem' was a chance seedling discovered at the Waite Arboretum in 1956. The female parent is Eucalyptus erythronema and the male parent is thought to be Eucalyptus stricklandii. The tree is very ornamental with an attractive grey trunk and showy red blossoms. Research has been undertaken at the University of Adelaide to tissue culture this hybrid.

The Arboretum is a repository for new eucaypt cultivars including a number developed at The Waite by Dr Kate Delaporte. Read more in Australian Geographic.

Pyrus amygdaliformis

Pyrus amygdaliformis

Pear Collection

Among the 90 ornamental pear trees in the Waite Arboretum there are several species which are well suited to the Mediterranean climate of Adelaide. Pyrus calleryana cultivars show considerable promise as street trees and several selections and hybrids have been made at the Waite Arboretum. The row of callery pears in the rose garden of the adjacent Urrbrae House Historic Precinct are a breathtaking sight in spring. They were budded from a selection in the Arboretum.

Two species of Pears Pyrus tadshikistanica and Pyrus korshinskyi are on the IUCN Red List as endangered in the wild.

Spanish oak - Quercus palustris

Spanish oak - Quercus palustris

Oak Collection

Waite Arboretum has a fine collection of 65 species of oaks. Many of these species come from California, Texas or the Mediterranean region, so are well suited to our climate. Some species are evergreen, others are deciduous with attractive autumn foliage. The cork oak Quercus suber, native to southern Europe and northern Africa, is a most handsome evergreen oak with fissured corky bark.

Acacia podalyriifolia

Acacia podalyriifolia

Acacia Collection

The Acacia Collection features 80 specimens representing 45 species. Acacias of special interest are the rare Australia native waddy Acacia peuce. In winter the beautiful Mt Morgan wattle has a profusion of bright yellow blossoms against soft blue-grey foliage. Golden Wattte Acacia pycnatha and Roundleaf Wattle Acacia acinacea are native to the site.

Palm and Cycad Collection

Palm Collection

Part of the Palm Collection

The Arboretum has two main palm collections. The first collection was established in 1928 and features a handsome Chilean wine palm Jubea chilensis, several jelly palms Butia capitata and many other species of interest. The second collection was established along the watercourse in 1994 with donations from the Palm & Cycad Society (S.A.) and is interspersed with cyads. Altogether there are 140 palms representing 60 species and 24 cycads representing 13 species.

 

 

Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497
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Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
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Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405
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Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA