A sacred tree to Buddhists and Hindus, this member of the fig family is a distinctive and attractive ornamental. A place of meditation for both Hindus and Buddhists, in Buddhist history, it was under this tree that Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment.
A semi-evergreen growing to 50-90ft. The leaves are quite distinctive, somewhat heart shaped, with a noticeable extended tip. The plant is extremely long-lived, with earliest known specimens dating over 2200 years old, making it the longest known living angiosperm.
Hardy to about 32F, possibly a bit lower.
Adaptable to a number of environments, so long as the climate is reasonably warm year-round. Will stand cool temperatures and brief frosts. Grows in full sun or filtered sun. Water moderately, plant in well-drained soil.
By cuttings, air layers and seeds. Cuttings and air layers are the only means of propagating the absolute specific tree (DNA wise) Buddha once sat under.
Planted as an ornamental, both for its attractive beauty and its religious significance.
Native to southeast Asia, from India and Sri Lanka, through Nepal, China and Vietnam.
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