Indigenous to India and Southeast Asia, the bo tree resembles the
banyan although it is not as tall; it has an open crown and
poplar-like leaves with long thread-like tips. The fruit are small
purple figs. It is believed that Buddha was meditating beneath a bo
tree when he received Enlightenment. Many of these trees have been
propagated from the tree at Anaradhapura, Sri Lanka, recorded as
having been planted in 288 bc.
Hardiness zone from 11 To 12
Plant Height From approx. 3 to 25 mtr
Cultivation: Figs grow to great heights in gardens and most species
have vigorous, invasive root systems. Fully frost hardy to frost
tender, many make excellent container and house plants when young.
Figs prefer full sun to part-shade and humus-rich, moist but
well-drained soil and shelter from cold winds. Water potted
specimens sparingly. Propagate from seed or cuttings, or by aerial