Plant Collections

Plant Collections
Tree species in the Arboretum
The Waite Arboretum was established in 1928 by a bequest made to the University of Adelaide by Peter Waite. Peter Waite was a wealthy pastoralist and businessman who bought the house and land in the 1880s. The purpose of the Arboretum is to evaluate the suitability of a wide range of trees to our local conditions. Except for the first two years after planting, the trees in the Arboretum have not been watered for the last 50 years, nor are they pruned. Homoclime is not a widely used word. It is derived from homo meaning the same and clime, a tract or region of the earth. It is used to describe regions of the globe that have similar climates. The concept of homoclimes was used to guide the search selection of new trees for the Waite Arboretum from the 1950s.

There are over 2300 tree species in the Arboretum.

Plant Collections Include:

Acacias
Angophoras
Banksias
Brachychitons
Casuarinas
Dragon Trees
Dry Rainforest
Eucalyptus Trees
Mallee
Melaleucas
Oaks
Ornamental Pears
Palms
Pinus
Pyrus
Quercus

Pine Trees