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Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Santa Barbara

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • It might seem like "just a tree"...but, it is estimated to be 140 years old! It is stunning to see it in person! I'm so glad we went to it. We got some beautiful pictures.  more »
  • The tree is in this weird spot. I get it, nature rules. But you'll second guess yourself when you find it. It's very accessible and very big. Find a quick spot to park and get up close to see how mass...  more »
  • Right next to the Santa Barbara train station. Very easy to find and good place to visit. If you visit Santa Barbara, you should spend 5 min to visit the tree.  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!
  • Very unique, beautiful, amazingly huge and oldest fig tree. Must see.
  • Amazing tree! Ambiance in the neighborhood isn't great, but it's definitely worth a quick visit.
  • It's a big tree, it's cool that it's probably the oldest fig in North America, but at the end of the day, it's a big tree.
  • It's not a tree, it's a monument. Just wonderful.