Ficus macrophylla/Moreton Bay Fig

Ficus macrophylla / Ficus macrophylla
Typical foliage of the Moreton Bay Fig
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Typical foliage of the Moreton Bay Fig

Closer view of a terminal shoot


Large specimen tree growing in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

Close-up image of a terminal shoot

Park specimen

Huge specimen growing in San Diego, CA

Prominent buttress roots characteristic of the Moreton Bay Fig

Huge trunk and basal limbs

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Scientific Name: Ficus macrophylla
Common Name: Moreton Bay Fig
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This very large, tropical evergreen tree is native to most of the eastern coast of Australia and derived its name from Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia. It is especially well known for its enormous buttress roots which often damage footpaths in cities with warm climates. Aerial roots are also quite common. This is a popular tree in Southern California where climates are mild. In drier climates the tree does not produce many aerial roots as it does in tropical climates with high humidity.