Sherwood Arboretum

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Institution Code: SHERB

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Sherwood Arboretum

Sherwood Arboretum is Brisbane’s only Arboretum and part of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Collection. Officially opened on World Forestry Day, 21 March 1925 this heritage-listed site was established for scientific research and conservation of Australian native trees.

The Sherwood Arboretum covers an area of 15 hectares, containing approximately 1,100 trees from about 250 species.

Main Address:
Sherwood Arboretum
57 Dewar Terrace
Queensland 4075 Australia

Telephone: +(07) 617 3403 2535
Fax: +(07) 617 3403 2552
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Assistant Curator
    Curator's Name: Prue Pettett, Assistant Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Prue Pettett, Assistant Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: Yes
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1925
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: -27.53109
    Longitude: 152.9743
    Annual Rainfall: 1150 mm
    Altitude: 8.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, City Botanic Gardens

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 15
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1100
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 250
  • Special Collections:Significant tree plantings include pine, fig and native plum, such as: Queensland kauri (Agathis robusta); bull kauri (Agathis microstachya); bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii); hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii); Bribie Island pine (Callitrus columellaris); Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla); Queensland weeping fig (Ficus microcarpa); cluster fig (Ficus racemosa); rusty fig (Ficus rubiginosa); and Queensland varities like Burdekin plum, (Pleogynium timorense) and Davidson plum (Davidsonia pruriens).

    From the west, the more arid interior and tropical north are wilga (Geijera parviflora); broad-leafed bottle tree (Brachychiton australis); lacebark (Brachychiton discolor); tulip oak (Harpuilia pendula); with the Leichardt tree (Nauclea orientalis); celery wood (Polyscias elegans); yellow wood (Flindseria xanthoxyla).

    Mangroves occur along the river frontage: milky mangrove (Excoecaria agaloeha), grey mangrove (Auicennia marina) and river mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum).

    Examples of exotic species are uncommon, but include a Syrian Ash (Fraxinus syriaca).
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: No
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No