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Balboa Park's Moreton Bay Fig Tree turns 100 (okay, maybe 99… or 101…)

Earlier today, we posted the following question on our Facebook page:

What do you remember most about your very first visit to Balboa Park?

The question has already generated more than 85 responses, including many comments from people who recall climbing around the roots of Balboa IMG_0123Park’s Moreton Bay Fig Tree:

Climbing on the fig tree :) 

The big big big tree on the lawn.

The big tree that you used to be able to CLIMB!!

the smells..and the trees i could climb with my daddy's help!

OH! And that huge tree with the big roots, I remember there weren't any fences around it!

The fig tree, back when it was climbable.

Moreton 3[3]According to the San Diego Natural History Museum, there is no documentation to verify its exact age but the tree turns approximately 100 years old this year. Our fig is one of the largest trees (in girth) in the State of California: it has an estimated girth of 42 feet, a height of 80 feet, and a canopy of 145 feet. A tree in Santa Barbara is slightly larger, with a canopy of about 175 feet. 

Although the tree is no longer accessible for climbing – heavy foot traffic was causing too much damage to its roots—we’d love to see your photos and hear more of your childhood memories that involve our beloved tree. We invite you to share photos on our Facebook page; email them as attachments to mdougherty@bpoc.org; or post your memories in the comments section below.