What is an Arboretum?

An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted to growing trees for conservation, scientific research and educational purposes. Pronounced "arr-boor-eetum"

In time, the National Arboretum Canberra will be home to 104 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from Australia and around the world.

The National Arboretum Canberra features 94 forests of different types of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. Two forests are over one hundred years old.

Other highlights include the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, Sprout Cafe, Pod Playground, the Curatoreum gift shop, outdoor sculptures, award-winning architecture and spectacular lookouts.

The term arboretum was first published by John Claudius Loudon in 1833 in The Gardener's Magazine.

Arboreta may specialise in growing particular types of trees. For example, an arboretum specialising in growing conifers is known as a pinetum. Other specialist arboreta include salicetums (willows), viticetums (vines) populetums (poplars) and quercetums (oaks).