Her interest in gardening developed during her 30s and has become a bit of an overwhelming passion. The Tagasaste behind the fig has been left to provide a bit of protection and will also be removed. Break the fruit up, scrap the seed off the fig wall and spread it across the top of good potting mix. I think waiting until Spring is a good idea. As reported in my last updates (May 2016 and June 2017), fig #4 had been removed from the property due to ill health and was on R&R in Perth in a pot. Plant database entry for Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) with 11 images and 25 data details. Their flesh can be sweet, but their coarse seeds are unpalatable to humans, so they are not generally harvested – though they are readily eaten by birds. Oddly enough, the Moreton Bay Fig has diminutive fruits that are much smaller than those of the edible fig, being only ¾ to 1 inch in diameter. They will reward you with ample shade and the beauty of their spreading, buttressed trunk. It is commonly cultivated in Hawaii and in northern New Zealand. This outstanding tree grows well in our Mediterranean climate, provided it has a source of water, either through irrigation or subterranean water. When the roots finally reach the ground they will start to encircle their host tree until they eventually strangle it and takes it place in the forest. Participant reference: whrl.pl/RdCVyd. Hello Amanda, The 5th fig that has joined the family was in a pot in suburban Perth. In our area, it usually grows to less than 100 feet tall, but should live in excess of 150 years. Flowering: not significant on most, apart from edible and Moreton Bay figs, Planted back in 1914 for the garden exhibit during the 1915 Panama-California exhibition, this Moreton Bay Fig Tree is over 100 years old and is the last remaining plant from the exhibit. The genus name, “Ficus”, is the Latin name for the edible fig; the specific epithet, “macrophylla”, is also Latin and means “large-leaved”. Known in botanical circles as Ficus macrophylla, the Moreton Bay fig is a member of scientific group of trees that includes the common fig, the Indian banyan, and the Indian rubber tree. In contrast to the other 3 figs we planted, this one has been planted on a sandy rise that would have originally been banksia sandplain until it was cleared (not by us), then used as a paddock and most recently forms part of our large house paddock. Therefore, technically, the tree is in the latter stages of its life cycle. It grows well as far south as Melbourne and also in Tasmania. We planted ours on the river flats (Moore River) because we thought the soil would be better and there would be better access to water but in retrospect it was a mistake. It does not seem to have any serious insect or disease problems. Soil: not fussy provided drainage is good. The Moreton Bay Fig is native to eastern Australia and adjacent Lord Howe Island. Santa Barbara Beautiful – Property Awards, Hugh & Marjorie Peterson Award for Art in Public Places, City of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee’s Business in Art Awards, Heritage Oak Award for Lifetime Achievement, Jacaranda Award for Outstanding Community Service, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Native Choice Award, Santa Barbara Beautiful – Community Grants, City of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee’s Business in Art Award, Playa de Santa Barbara Award for Environmental Stewardship. The Corten steel surround is there to help keep the couch grass away from the roots and will be removed at the appropriate time. This huge tree has been recognized throughout most of its life as the largest of its kind in the continental United States. A powerful beast that is in the business of taking over it’s environment. So far as fertiliser, I just give them a general purpose fertiliser. With our sand, I would add some compost to get them going. If intending to grow Ficus Macrophylla Moreton Bay Fig as a bonsai, it is important to ensure the germinated seeds are grown in a low-organic matter soil, to ensure the plant … One in Glendora recently surpassed it in height, but our tree, 75 feet tall, still has the widest branch spread – over 175 feet! In older orchards, trees were planted 9 to 12 m apart (67 to 119 trees per hectare), depending on the variety. For those readers who have been following our Moreton Bay Fig journey since my first post in March 2015, it is now almost 5 years since the tube stock arrived from NSW and time for a further update. Beautiful! Getting it back to the country was another story and, as you can see, it took up most of the Landcruiser – much to the consternation of the dog! Fig - Moreton Bay. Been following with interest. Growing a Moreton Bay Fig in backyard? One plant in Santa Barbara covers over an acre of a city block. Firstly, I think I made a mistake originally choosing to plant the figs on the river flats. aprilia4life. Once I saw new growth, I did add a slow release general fertiliser, but this is pretty much it. Yet, from such little fruits, great trees can grow! The rescue fig, Fig #5  ( Ficus benjamina) being watered with the syphon system. A Moreton Bay Fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) generally lives for about 150 years. They often look like props coming up from the ground, holding up a long branch. Climate: temperate to tropical; dislikes cold. Amanda. The other thing to note is that the figs do not like frost. In 1877, it was planted at the corner of West Montecito Street and Chapala Street. In our area, it usually grows to less than 100 feet tall, but should live in excess of 150 years. Its common name comes from the Moreton Bay region of Queensland. Photos 3 & 4: Fig #4 root system at replanting (Above) and 12 months later (Below). The Moreton Bay Fig tree is one of a few planted in a wetland area in the 1800... An old Port Elizabeth tree is undergoing a nip and tuck to ensure it lives on. What a cool piece of history! It remains there until it can send a long skinny root all the way down to the earth. Fig trees are known to grow large and very old, as old as centuries even. Botanical name: ficus macrophylla. I didn’t add much to the soil (sand) other than a wetting agent and a small amount of Seamungus (a soil and plant conditioner). Other bird species that eat the fruit include the yellow-eyed cuckoo-shrike (Coracina lineata), pied currawong (Strepera graculina), Australasi… The Moreton Bay Fig often grows an immense and dense canopy that make it a great tree for a park or a large shade tree for the backyard, Like most other figs it also manages well in pots and in colder climates can make an attractive indoor plant that is hard to kill. 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