Santa Barbara, California: Moreton Bay Fig Tree - Largest in U.S.

Homeless people love to camp in the cool hollow of this huge 18th century fig tree from Australia. It's claimed to be the America's largest living Ficus macrophylla.
Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA
Hwy 101 to State Street. At Montecito and Chapala St.
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Moreton Bay Fig Tree.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree

The big fig tree is rad! Seeing it at night was kind of shady.

[Karren, 08/06/2015]

Fig Tree.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree

Big tree. No one watching if you would like to hug it.

[Flossie, Zeke & The Kids, 08/14/2012]

Fig Tree.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree

This 1876 Moreton Bay Fig Tree was alive and well as seen on Thursday 9th Sept 2010 from the Amtrac Starlight Train at Santa Barbara Railway Station. The old railroad carriage in front of it which was once part of the 1900 Southern Pacific Railway Company west coast service.

[Mr Noel Hall, 10/05/2010]
Moreton Bay Fig Tree

This tree would be a great still photography photo. It is located by the Amtrack in Santa Barbara. There were local eateries near by. We saw it as a drive by attraction on one of the trolley tour companies. Definitely a massive tree.

[Aly, 04/20/2010]
Moreton Bay fig tree - Homeless haven

There are a lot of giant trees in the world but this one is especially big. Just off Highway 101 in Santa Barbara is a fig tree, planted by a little girl in 1874, who got the seed from an Australian sailor. On the Mapquest aerial photos you can see it as a big dark round spot. The branch span is 170 feet and they claim that 16,000 people could stand under the tree. You used to be able to climb up the buttresses, and see homeless people camped out in the hollows. It's a little more orderly now but still impressive. Pictures don't do it justice because it's too big to comprehend.

[Gil Silberman, 10/29/2002]

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