Metro Manila · Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees
This garden of native trees is among the newest biodiversity spots inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
The Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees, located inside the University of the Philippines between the UP Theater and the Film Center, is a small garden dotted with over 100 species of young native trees from different parts of the Philippines.
The university’s Office of the Campus Architect arranged the trees according to family. Separated by brick pathways, the Washington Sycip Garden of Native Trees hosts trees that are often not seen in urban areas and other habitats. One such family, according to UP, is Dipterocapaceae –a rainforest-dwelling family with some of its members famous for their timber.
Other trees in the garden include the Bolon, a tree mentioned by Spanish friar Francisco Manuel Blanco in his 1877 "Flora de Filipinas". Trees that are relatively recent finds are also included in this native Philippine trees garden. This includes the Akleng Butarek discovered along Isabela’s Palanan River in 2010.
If you are interested in indigenous and endemic trees of the Philippines, going to this garden inside UP Campus is a good idea.
There is no entrance fee to get to this garden.
The Zuellig Group, which funded the garden as a gift to Washington Sycip, is sponsoring regular dendrological tours for selected public high schools in Metro Manila. According to the group, the program’s aim is to instill environmental awareness among students and for them to learn about the country’s rich biodiversity.
Location & How to Get There
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: 63 (2) 981 8500