Palermo Botanical Garden's Giant Ficus
The ficus of the Unification of Italy
Introduced in 1845, it is the progenitor of the great Italian Ficus trees. The trunk is formed of stems and aerial roots that have merged over time. It develops vertically but extends laterally with large branches supported by columnar aerial roots that turn into tabular roots on the ground. There are as many as 44 secondary stems (some with a circumference of over 3 metres) supporting 11 large branches with horizontal development and a canopy covering an area of almost 3,000 square metres.