How old may be a fig tree ?

xon2000(BARCELONA)January 28, 2007

The fig tree of Roscoff , ( Bretagne of France ) a fig tree that has lived during 353 years

1610 , destroyed 1987

Here is a link that might be useful: The fig tree of Roscoff

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bjs496

I'm going to have a fig tree like that... assuming I can live another 350 years.

~james

    Bookmark   January 28, 2007 at 2:57PM
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jonathan(11)

What is there reason for destroying such a magnificent tree?

That tree could have been one of the "great wonders of the world!" What a shame!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2007 at 4:40AM
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xon2000(BARCELONA)

The municipality of Roscoff destroyed this old tree to build a car park. This car park not exists until now.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2007 at 10:24AM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

SHAME on the Roscoff municipality...

    Bookmark   January 29, 2007 at 10:42AM
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eukofios

This is an old posting, but maybe the newer fig forum members are interested. This is an amazing fig tree that lived 353 years. No mention of the variety.

More pics can be found here:
http://www.roscoff-quotidien.eu/figuier.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Description of Roscoff fig tree

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 10:26PM
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sergnic(z9 Italy)

Being now destroyed the Roskoff fig, the older now is the "Higo de Pizarro", planted in the Governator Garden (near Governator Palace) in Lima (Peru) in the 1538.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 3:15PM
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sergnic(z9 Italy)

I've had the direct indication from my friend Raphael Colicci, Saint Privat, Herault, France: that said (and indicated me the tree), that is born from a cutting of the Roskoff fig. May be is not an excellent variety.

The Pizarro Fig, if yet existant, should have 474 years, I hope that the municipality of Lima do not create a new car park...

As said by a famous phisic: there are two things that are considered infinite: the dimension of the universe and the human stupidity, ....; but about the second there are some doubts.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 3:28PM
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sergnic(z9 Italy)

I correcxt myself, considered the new idea of phisics is the FIRST that carry some doubts......

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 3:33PM
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eukofios

Sergnic, thanks for the info.
I looked up the Pizarro fig - the link is a photo someone uploaded onto Flicker from a 1960s photo. Couldn't find anything else.

If still alive that's amazing! IMagine getting figs from such an old tree!

This site claims the tree is still there:
http://www.backpackinginperu.com/presidential-palace/

As for human stupidity.... I agree there is a lot of that! If figs are good brain food, maybe we can helps with that!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pizarro fig

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 4:42PM
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budbackeast(FLORIDA)

Then there is this, a cutting from the Buddha's original fig tree, that was planted in Sri Lanka:

"According to the Mahavamsa, the Sri Maha Bodhi in Sri Lanka was planted in 288 BC..."

It is still there today.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 7:58PM
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eukofios

Bud, great point! A truly ancient tree! I didn't think of trees that are not Ficus carica, but it's still a fig.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bodhi tree

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 9:34PM
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mountainman0826(z8B TX)

According to Dr. Ira Condit in his 1947 work "The Fig", p. 13, a historic fig tree at Beutelshack, Germany, near a family tomb, was said to have been planted before 1321 and to have survived to 1800. The approximate lifespan of the tree would have been 479 years.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 11:28AM
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eukofios

Mountain Man, I wonder if it's still alive? I searched on google and did not find it.

The link below states "huge old sycamore fig near the 15th century monastery" but no suggestion as to the age of the tree. Looks like it is in Cyprus. Old tree, based on the trunk.

I doubt that any of my fig trees will be around in 300 years. Doesnt' work that way!

Here is a link that might be useful: Ancient sycamore fig

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 3:38PM
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mountainman0826(z8B TX)

The Romans brought the fig to Spain and other areas that they conquered. Other figs were brought to Europe by returning Crusaders. The reference in Condit implied that the old fig tree was no longer at the site in Germany, although there was no specific statement. A Celeste in Austin, Texas from which I propagated one of my Celestes was said to be at the site since before 1900.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 6:21PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

I thing that there is another (living?) huge old F. carica
tree, wide-spreading with many branch-supports;
somewhere on the Balearic Islands, Spain.

If it is called Cametas, I do have piece off it!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 4:46PM
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    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 5:09PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

My ooops for the above!
I wish there was an edit/delete option.

This is the one I have a piece off (Camet/as).
Not sure if it is one-tree or a multiple-row?

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 5:17PM
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eukofios

Gorgi, what a beautiful fig tree! Thank you for posting that. I would like to see it in person.

One thing I noted with the Roscoff fig and the Cametas fig is they seem to be growing on supports, almost like grapes on an arbor. I wonder if that would be a good way to grow figs.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 8:42PM
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foolishpleasure

If that tree was in my city it could be designated as historic property and enjoyed the protection of historic property law. One of my relatives bought an old house and he wanted to demolish it and build a new one. He was stopped by the city because the house is in the historic district. He was told he is allowed only to remodel it within its old style.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 10:12PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

My Cametas specimen (p/o the magnificent big mother tree)
has not fruited for me yet. Is it a light or dark fig?!?

I did give a piece off mine to a very famous fig
collector/distributor; and so ensuring its USA existence.

Doing some digging-up, most probably the mother tree
is on the isle known as Formentera?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 12:33PM
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eukofios

Gorgi - It was generous of you to provide your Cametas fig for growing in the US. Other people will be able to enjoy it too!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:52PM
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eukofios

Here is some more info on the Formentera figs. From the article, the local tradition is to prop up branches, allowing them to continue to grow horizontally.

Here is a link that might be useful: formentera figs

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:02PM
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