The magnificent Magnolias are prized for their large and perfumed flowers. Blooming in the cooler late winter months. The flowers are shaped like tulips and are a sight to behold near the Bennet’s Lawns along the walk to the Forest View Deck. This ancient genus is said to have appeared before the bees did and the flowers are theorised to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.
Araluen is host to a brilliantly coloured blooms in its Rhododendron and Azalea collections. The clusters of bell-shaped blooms and evergreen foliage, of make these the perfect choice for the shaded pathways, and they look extremely pretty against the granite walls and paved areas along Chalet Healy Road. Some of these bushes and trees now date back to the early YAL days in the 1930’s when bringing plant materials across borders was acceptable and encouraged.