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Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Santa Barbara

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · 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. The tree may be viewed at the Amtrak Train Station, 209 State Street.

In July 1997, the circumference of the tree, measured at a height of 4.5 feet (1.4 m) above the ground, was 41.5 feet (12.6 m). The average crown spread was 176 feet (54 m) and the total height was 80 feet (24 m).
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  • Silly, perhaps, but we love to see all the agricultural fields along the 101 and often stop to see what's growing where (cabbage fields outside Gonzales were fun to see). Anyway, we've never seen a...  more »
  • This is such a beautiful, old tree. When you are up close, the size is just amazing! Nature at its best!  more »
  • 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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