Please don’t strangle me
San Diego is not well-known for trees, certainly not like the Pacific Northwest with all of its Firs, or central California with its Redwoods and Sequoias. However, there are three places where you can see gigantic trees in San Diego County:
Palomar Mountain — There are giant Redwoods and California Incense Cedars growing naturally.
Balboa Park — Kate Sessions planted many Eucalyptus, California Oaks, and Ficus trees back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
San Diego Zoo — Along witih being an internationally acclaimed Zoo, it is also an internationally acclaimed botanical garden, and there are many large trees that were planted in 1915 when the Zoo was founded.
A comment on a post on September 18 (I have an affection for trees) asked if I had any pictures of tree roots. Of course. I’ve been to see the big trees, and big trees often have big roots. Here are a few of my favorites:
The first picture is a Sweetgum, the second is a Coral tree, and all the rest are Ficus. Ficus trees come from the tropics but they absolutely love it here in San Diego. Might be the weather….
Many Ficus trees — and your common fig is a Ficus — are strangler figs. Strangler figs put out air roots from their branches. Once the roots reach the ground and begin growing, they will often strangle the mother plant. The tree’s DNA lives on through new trees sprouting from the large roots. In the following pictures you can see air roots which are beginning to strangle the trees:
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