Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Santa Barbara

4.4
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. See Moreton Bay Fig Tree and all Santa Barbara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Barbara online visit planner .
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  • We were on a bus tour and only stopped for a short time. The tour guide gave us interesting information about the tree. It truly is fascinating. Next time in Santa Barbara we plan on going back to...  more »
  • My father visited this tree before shipping ot in WWII and touched it and believed it kept him safe. It became a family tradition that you had to the "touch" the tree to have a safe trip when ever we....  more »
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  • An absolutely wunderfull and AMAZING experience standing with this ancient Elder Mother of the Standing Tall Nation. Sacred and holy is it's presence in the world.
  • Beautiful and enormous tree! It is very impressive. Worth going to see it. There’s a parking near by that is free for the first 75 minutes.

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