Sacred Fig, Ficus religiosa
initially epiphytic until the main stem matures; grows to 60 ft.; leaves are medium green, cordate with an acuminate tip
grow in bright light to full sun; fertilize monthly; prefers moist soil but will tolerate drought
This tree is sacred to followers of Buddhism and Hinduism because the founder of Buddhism reportedly sat under this species when he first received enlightenment. It is the oldest plant on record in the world. Ficus religiosa was planted at the temple at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in 288 B.C.
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