Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz

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The Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz, also called the UCSC Arboretum, is an arboretum located on the campus of the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Santa Cruz, California in the United States.


The UC Santa Cruz campus was originally part of the larger property of pioneer Henry Cowell. The Arboretum site has remarkable climatic and topographic diversity and a wide variety of soils, since the underlying rocks include granite, schist, limestone, and several sandstones. The Arboretum officially started in 1964 with about 90 species of eucalyptus. Its gradual expansion has focused mainly on plants of the Southern Hemisphere, and now includes a comprehensive collection of conifers, exotic South African proteas, Australian plants, and a fine collection of "living fossils".

Major collections

  • Eucalyptus Grove - mainly specimens donated by Max Watson, including species rare in nature or in California plantings.
  • Conifers - A particularly good collection, representing nearly all known genera of conifers, with the exception of a genus unknown outside of China and a parasitic New Caledonian genus.
  • Primitive Flowering Plants - A one-of-a-kind collection of "living fossils" among flowering plants, of great interest for the study of evolution.
  • Rare Fruit Exhibit - unusual fruit-bearing plants.
  • Laurasian Forest - various interesting North American plants, particularly high-alititude Mexican species.
  • Cactus & Succulent Garden - with many plants from the collections of Victor Reiter, noted plant breeder.

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