Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz

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Coordinates: 36°58′57.75″N 122°3′41.11″W / 36.9827083°N 122.0614194°W / 36.9827083; -122.0614194


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".

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