Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

See what’s blooming this month!

Each month our volunteer guides bring you the best of what's happening in our gardens. Find out which plants are blooming or are in the peak of their season for you to view.

Elaeocarpus bancroftii 3 Photo: Marianne Cannon

Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Elaeocarpus bancroftii
Johnstone River almond, Kuranda quandong

Etymology
Genus: Elaeocarpus — From the Greek word elaia, meaning ‘olive’ and karpos, meaning ‘fruit’.
Species: bancroftii — named after Dr Joseph Bancroft (1836-94) who settled in Queensland in 1864.

Description
Grows to 10–30 metres with a spreading canopy. Leaves large, mid-green ovate leathery, turning bright red to scarlet in colour as they age before falling.

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF 

We have so many more plants in bloom this month in Sydney, open our Must See PDF and take a tour of the garden. 

Neolitsea dealbata

Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Neolitsea dealbata
Hairy-leaved bollygum, White bollygum

Etymology
Genus: Neolitsea — From Greek, neos, meaning ‘new’, and Litsea which is a similar looking species.
Species: dealbata — From Latin, dealbatus, meaning ‘whitewashed’ referring to the white undersurface of the leaf.

Information
A common understorey species of rainforests, stream banks and moist areas in open forests. It often colonises disturbed sites and is a typical component of rainforest regrowth.

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF 


Chrysanthemum ‘Garden Queen’ 3

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Chrysanthemum ‘Garden Queen’ 
Mums, chrysanths or chrysies

Etymology
Genus: Chrysanthemum — from the Greek, chrysos, meaning ‘gold’ and anthemon, meaning ‘flower’.

Description
A sub-shrub to shrub with alternately arranged, dissected leaves and daisy-like flowers with either a distinct ‘button’ centre or a cluster of tight to loose petals.

For more information on this variety, please open our detailed PDF