The arboretum is a unique feature of SDMC Ujire, established in 1999 with an objective of conservation and documentation of diversity of flora with reference to Western Ghats of India. More than 500 species of medicinal plants are conserved here, making way for R&D and extension activities in the field.
The arboretum was initially established with the support of Zilla Panchayat Mangalore, and is now managed by SDME Society. The plant species are conserved here in the state of art green house with a supporting nursery which produces more than 50,000 saplings every year.
Research programs are constantly undertaken with the arboretum as the primary resource, with results contributing significantly towards documentation and preservation of endangered plant species. A number of extension activities take place here, where free medicinal saplings are distributed to farmers, NGOs and students. Workshops on manure production, watershed development, grafting, field management, IPM, bio fertilizers, bio pesticides, and bio manures are conducted frequently.
The arboretum aims to facilitate the establishment of a full time training centre, a herbarium and a museum in the near future.