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Trees, shrubs & plants

More than 16,000 trees grow in Centennial Parklands, this remarkable figure includes 115 different species and at least 59 genera. There is also an abundance of native plants, including the delightful Australian Bluebell.

If your passion is trees, Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park all have many fine examples of Australian figs, evergreen oaks, exotic pines, eucalypts and paperbarks. Of these, Centennial Park contains the largest concentration of tree species and specimens.

About the trees in the Parklands

Most people believe great trees can grow for well over 500 years, but this is perhaps a European association. After all, a 200-year-old oak tree growing in England may well have hundreds of years left.

Australia’s harsh climate and the urban location means this degree of longevity is almost inevitably an unreasonable hope for the trees in the Parklands. In some environments in Australia, a 150-year-old fig tree might only have 10 years left to live.

We have developed a Tree Master Plan to guide the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust in its ongoing management and maintenance of the tree population.

Park visitors and trees

We encourage visitors to the Parklands to explore and discover the wide range of trees, shrubs and plants growing here. Because some flora is toxic and ingestion may result in unintended side effects, we ask that you don't ingest any flower or leaf during your visit.

If you or someone you know does accidentally ingest part of a tree or plant and shows signs of illness, phone 000 immediately.

This information was curated by a team of passionate Centennial Parklands volunteers. Find out more about our volunteer programs here