In the Garden
Ficus Religiosa or the Bodhi tree is a “wise” choice for those who live in the more humid environments of Australia and who want a beautiful and distinctive shade tree for their backyard or an easy to grow bonsai. Ficus religiosa is a large dry season-deciduous or semi-evergreen tree up to 30 meters tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 3 metres. Note that these sizes are for older trees and that in cultivation it is unlikely to grow more than 20m tall. Figs have aggressive roots, so keep them away from structures.
This tree has religious significance as the tree which Buddha sat under when he attained his enlightenment. It also has special significance as a medicinal tree and it is traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments from asthma to sexual disorders. The Bodhi tree is also extremely long lived with a human planted specimen still thriving in Sri Lanka over 2000 years after being planted.