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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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


What else is in bloom at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney?


Grevillea Masons's Hybrid
Hibiscus coccineus
Magnolia grandiflora 
Nelumbo nucifera 
Syzygium moorei 
Tabernaemontana cerifera


Brugmansia versicolor
Eucalyptus grandis
Gardenia thunbergia 
Wollemia nobilis
Plumaria rubra 


Backhousia citriodora
Breynia nivosa
Elaeocarpus grandis 
Eucalyptus grandis 
Tabernaemontana litoralis 

Tibouchina granulosa
Tibouchina mutabilis


Banksia spinulosa
Ceiba speciosa
Hibiscus schizopetalus
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Pittosporum rhombifolium 
Stenocarpus sinuatus



Banksia spinulosa
Begonia species & cultivars
Crategus x prunifolia
Elaeocarpus bancroftii
Eucalyptus caesia
Montanoa grandiflora
Pandanus aquaticus
Zelkova serrata


Aloe x winteri
Bauhinia x blakeana
Camellia 'Cleopatra'
Ensete ventricosum 
Idiospermum australiense 


Crescentia cujete
Hakea bakeriana 
Narcissus 'Earlicheer'
Osmanthus fragrans
Rhodoleia championii
Tetradenia riparia


Acacia pubescens 
Casimiroa edulis
Clivea miniata
Dracaena draco
Salvia africana
Strongylodon macrobotrys


Angiopteris evecta
Bartlettina sordida
Macadamia tetraphylla
Rhododendron veitchianum 
Schotia brachypetala


Alloxylon flammeum 
Chionanthus retusus
Duabanga grandiflora
Coffea arabica 
Darlingia ferruginea
Lilium longiflorum


Aleurites moluccana
Anetholea anisata
Callerya cinerea
Ceratopetalum apetalum
Erythrina crista-galli 'Hendersonii'
Punica granatum 
Schotia brachypetala
Sloanea australis
Toona ciliata


Amorphophallus bulbifer
Ceratopetalum gummiferum 
Corymbia ficifolia
Encephalartos altensteinii
Ficus sur

Magnolia grandiflora
Milletia grandis
Nelumbo nucifera
Syzygium jambos