Palermo Botanical Garden's Giant Ficus

Species: Moreton Bay fig (Ficus macrophylla f. columnaris)
Age: 173 years
Region: Palermo, Sicilia, Itália

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.

Tree of the year 2023
10663 votes
4th place
Nominated by: Orto Botanico di Palermo
National contest organizer: Giant Trees Foundation