Ficus macrophylla Information

Ficus macrophylla, commonly known as the Moreton Bay Fig or Australian Banyan, is a species of fig tree native to eastern Australia. It is a large evergreen tree that can grow up to 60 meters (200 feet) tall and has a spreading crown with a diameter of up to 60 meters (200 feet) as well.

The tree has large leathery leaves, which are dark green and glossy, and can reach up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) in length. The figs produced by the tree are small and green, turning purple when mature. The fruit is edible and is a popular food source for a variety of animals, including birds, bats, and possums.

The Moreton Bay Fig is a popular ornamental tree, valued for its large, attractive leaves and spreading habit. It is also commonly used for shade in parks and along streets, and its strong root system makes it a good choice for stabilizing soil and preventing erosion. In addition, the tree is of cultural and historical significance to many Aboriginal communities in eastern Australia, who have used it for food, medicine, and spiritual purposes for thousands of years.

However, the tree's large size and spreading root system can also cause problems. The roots can damage sidewalks, roads, and buildings, and the tree's large canopy can block sunlight and cause problems for nearby plants. As a result, it is important to plant Moreton Bay Figs in appropriate locations, with plenty of room for the tree to grow and spread.