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Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara's Moreton Bay Fig Tree located in Santa Barbara, California is believed to be the largest Ficus macrophylla in the United States.A seaman, visiting Santa Barbara In 1876, presented a seedling of an Australian Moreton Bay Fig tree to a local girl who planted it at 201 State Street. After the girl moved away a year later, her girlfriend, Adeline Crabb, transplanted the tree to the corner of Montecito and Chapala streets, just a few blocks from the ocean, on land then owned by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company. The tree was officially designated as a historic landmark in 1970, and the property was deeded to the City of Santa Barbara in 1976. The tree has since been placed on the California Register of Big Trees. The roots are protected by a chain barrier the size of the canopy.In July 1997, the circumference of the tree, measured at a height of 4.5ft above the ground, was 41.5ft. The average crown spread was 176ft and the total height was 80ft. Measured in 2010, the widest spread of the branches is 198ft. The trunk diameter above the buttress roots is 12.5ft.
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  • This tree is beautiful and huge! Well worth seeing. The Amtrak train station is there as is the Reagan Center and the Enterprise Fish Restaurant 
  • Here's to see this forest! These roots can play hide and seek. Near the railroad, go double-deck trains. Parking is free of charge.
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  • OK, since everybody kept talking about the big tree we went by to see it. It's in the train station and it sure is big. Surprising to learn it was planted by a little girl from a seed in the 19th cent...  more »
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  • I highly recommend including this fabulous historic fig tree as a pit stop in your travel plans! Its simply amazing! Its the largest known fig tree in the United States! The roots are from 0 to 3' plus tall! You'll leave energised tingly and feeling better and happier because It's energy is magical and awe inspiring! Its a great place to get grounded! Children luv climbing the massive root system as the Adults will truly appreciate it's grandeur! I JUST LUV IT!
  • It's not a tree, it's a monument. Just wonderful.
  • It's a great and wonderful tree... I think the city is not giving the appropriate value to it's surrounds.... It looks they consider it like any other tree... I dislike the care to it's sorrounds...
  • This was definitely worth seeing. No words, nor Pictures can do justice
  • This is one impressive tree! Really impressive. Different sources call it the biggest, as say it is on the National Register of Big Trees. Well I do my research and have been unable to locate this tree on national registers. Never trust everything you read on the web. So after some digging I find a Moreton Bay Fig in San Diego that is taller. This particular registry calls the Santa Barbara tree the one with the largest canopy. The national registry's are typically for native North American trees. The Moreton Bay Fig was brought to the US from Easter Australia. So..... What are you going to believe? Who knows? Well I sure don't know for sure. I am sure that this tree is huge, ginormous, really big, impressive and well worthy of a visit when in Santa Barbara. It is very near the Amtrak Station. One big tree for sure!