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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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  • Hard to believe this tree is over 100 years old. We drive by this whenever we are in Santa Barbara. A must see!  more »
  • Unless you're super into Fig Trees, this isn't very worth seeing. Yeah, it's a relatively large tree, but it's not in a great area of town and it's really not spectacular in any way. Don't waste your ...  more »
  • Already impressive, but around the tree, it is not especially maintained. If you're here and then, the way to the tree and the station still time worth
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  • This tree is a stoic reminder of how small and short lived we truly are. Amazing specimen. Reminds me of the Tree from the Disney Gummi Bears cartoon
  • 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!
  • This fig tree is beautiful and WIDE, this is almost as big as baobab tree.
  • Amazing tree! Ambiance in the neighborhood isn't great, but it's definitely worth a quick visit.
  • Very unique, beautiful, amazingly huge and oldest fig tree. Must see.

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