Plant Collections

University of British Columbia Botanical Garden curates a collection of ca. 50, 000 accessioned plants representing approximately 7,000 taxa from temperate regions around the world. Temperate forest plants of British Columbia, eastern North America and Asia are curated in woodland gardens, while a classic alpine garden displays the diverse flora of high-altitude regions of the world.

Significant Collections

  • Wild-collected species of
    • Acer (maples) from Asia and North America including Acer pentaphyllum
    • Magnolia from Asia and North America
    • vascular plants from rainforest, Garry oak and alpine ecosystems of British Columbia
    • Rhododendron from Asia and North America
    • Clematis from Asia
    • Cornus (dogwoods) from Asia and North America
    • Sorbus (rowans) from Asia
    • Epimedium (barrenworts)
    • Lardizabalaceae (lardizabala family) from Asia
    • Styracaceae (storax family) from Asia and eastern North America
    • alpine flora of the world
  • Cultivated taxa of
    • Magnolia
    • Rhododendron
    • alpine flora of the world
    • bamboo

Using the Collection

You can search UBC Botanical Garden's living collections through Canadensys.

If you would like to access our collections for research purposes please contact our Accessions Technician Eric LaFountain at: 604.822.0969


History of the Plant Collections

UBC Botanical Garden was established in 1916 with 900 species. By the late 1930s, the Botanical Garden included significant collections of British Columbia natives, willows, alpines, aquatics and medicinal plants, as well as native and exotic trees in the campus arboretum. Unfortunately, much of the old collections were lost or integrated with the campus plantings. The only remnants visible today are some very fine trees in the original arboretum.


Click to download the 2013 Index Semimum

2013 Index Seminum

The UBC Botanical Garden Index Seminum, or Seed List, is published biennially. The seeds were collected in 2013 and are offered for exchange with other botanical gardens, arboreta and similar scientific institutions.

Download the 2013 Index Seminum.

NAPCC Collections

The University of British Columbia Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research curates NAPCC Collections of Acer (maples) and Magnolia (magnolias).

What is an NAPCC Collection?

The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and to promote high standards of plant collections management. NAPCC Collections may serve as reference collections for plant identification and cultivar registration. Collection holders make germplasm available for taxonomic studies, evaluation, breeding, and other research.

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