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Ficus benjamina - Weeping Figs in Old Town - San Diego, CA.


Ficus benjamina - Weeping Figs in Old Town - San Diego, CA. (Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig)

There's 12 large trees lining the front of this building in Old Town, San Diego, CA. Typically, for most of the U.S. this tree is sold as a houseplant. Photo taken April 9, 2011.



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I m so pleased they don't grow that big in our houses lol wonderful display there they are huge.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Yes, they can grow taller than 50ft/16m tall here, however, in the wet tropics they can grow to 80ft/25m tall and cover many acres with aerial roots.

10 Apr, 2011

 

That is big Andy would nt of thought they could grow that tall

10 Apr, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Yes, many Ficus species are among the largest trees in the world. They become gargantuan trees...taking over many acres and living for thousands of years (mostly in the tropics/subtropics). The oldest known documented tree (in the world) is in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). It's a Ficus religiosa - Bo Tree or Sacred Fig which was planted in 288 BC.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Would never of thought they went back that far interesting to know. I have found as a house plant they are hard to keep here my son and myself have had them and they die.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Was it a Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig?

10 Apr, 2011

 

Yes Andy Benjamina

11 Apr, 2011

 

another wonderful set of photos, thanks D

11 Apr, 2011

 

Sixpence:

Yes, I've hear about the horror stories people have in growing this tree indoors. I've been very lucky never have had this problem growing it indoors. They need a lot of very bright light and a lot of heat to grow well. Ficus benjamina is one of the few species that will grow in the low deserts of California and Arizona and will tolerate reflected heat with no problems (the low or subtropical deserts have temps up to more than 120ºF/49ºC every year) .

12 Apr, 2011

 

Yorkshire:

Thanks! :>)

12 Apr, 2011

 

That explains it then Andy our weather and lack of light because they won't keep eu time here all because of Scotland which lack of light also kills of our immune system.

12 Apr, 2011

 

Yes, lack of light can really cause some plants not to grow very much.

I didn't know you live in Scotland...I though you lived in northern England. I guess the lack of light there can make some people have a lack of vitamin D. We definitely get our surplus of vitamin D here in So. Cal. :>)

12 Apr, 2011

 

I don't live in Scotland and never wish to either lol, neither do I live in the north I live under Shakespere country have you ever heard of it, here is a link for you to look, the area and areas that surround me in my county, if you click on 1234567 etc shows different photos hope you enjoy.

http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/Web/corporate/pages.
nsf/Links/24243ACF4D21F131802570B900385F2C

12 Apr, 2011

 

Odd to see them as street trees Andy,the largest one I have seen in the UK was in The Eden Project.

12 Apr, 2011

 

Rbtkew:

Ficus benjamina is an extremely common landscape tree here. They grow fast and large trees are cheap.

How big do they grow at the Eden Project in the UK?

12 Apr, 2011

 

Andy:
I'm guessing about 40-50ft.

13 Apr, 2011

 

Rbtkew:

Wow! That's how tall they grow here with about equal spread.

I assume they can only grow indoors there? ...as it's a very tender tree.

13 Apr, 2011

 

The Ficus at the Eden Project was growing in tropical dome, very hot and humid.

17 Apr, 2011

 

Rbtkew:

That makes sense...as this tree is very tender to the slightest frost.

17 Apr, 2011



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