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Ficus macrophylla - Moreton Bay Fig, Australian Banyan Tree

Ficus macrophylla - Moreton Bay Fig, Australian Banyan Tree (Ficus macrophylla - Moreton Bay Fig, Australian Banyan Tree)

One of many large Australian Banyan tree in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Photo taken June 3, 2010.

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I thought that was a group of trees until I looked at it again properly - that is large!

6 Jun, 2010



This is one of the smaller Australian Banyans in the Balboa Park...the largest one located next to the Natural History Museum is the second largest known in the state.

6 Jun, 2010


They really are HUGE trees, not so much tall as wide. You could fit quite a lot of cattle under it, in fact that's what I often see here in summer. I park my car under them in summer when I go into the supermarket, as they're just across the road. I wanted to take a pic of it, but there always are cars parked under them.

17 Jun, 2010



They make great shade trees during the hot weather of summer.

I've read F. macrophylla can grow to 200 feet/ 61 meters tall in native habitat. The tallest one known in San Diego is in Balboa Park in front of the Natural History Museum. It's 85 feet/ 26 meters tall and 145 feet/ 44 meters wide. It was planted in 1914 and is celebrating its estimated 100 year old birthday this year.

17 Jun, 2010

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