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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  • Just beyond the train station you will find this old historic fig tree. It certainly is big, so without standing a mile away, you probably won't be able to fit the whole thing in your camera frame!!! ...  more »
  • Had the pleasure to see it twice. From the window of the train for the first time, car stopped right in front. Second time drove by in a car. Walk left under the Crown-it's worth it!
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  • Blooming, bodacious, humongous, and gorgeous. First thing one sees getting off the train in Santa Barbara. When you walk the pier, have chowder at Brophys, do detour several blocks to view the tree. T...  more »
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  • Freaking FANTASTIC!!! Craziest freak of nature tree I've ever seen, branches as thick as a tree trunk & a trunk the size of three. This thing stands on a historic spot where some Spanish conquistador camped 200 years ago, but the tree is cooler than all that. Just stand under the thing, it left me in awe.
  • Small park near the railroad with gated parking lot, that's free for first 75 min. People come here to lay on grass or hide from heat under the huge tree, which is gorgeous with big roots spread out above ground. Located on walking distance to the ocean, about 10 min.
  • Beautiful piece of nature🌿🍃 to think that it was almost cut down. 😡
  • Such an amazing place! The tree is huge! And you can touch (signs said you can't) it remember that it contains all the information through the times it stands!
  • A nice tree that's been here for a long time. I hope this tree sticks around much longer. This tree is truly a gift to the world just like many others.
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