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  • Writer's pictureSimon & Lorraine Freeden

Bonsai Fig Tree

One of the special things on the beautiful Brunswick River that we love to show guests on our cruises in a Bonsai White Fig tree. The reason it is a bonsai is because a bird dropped the seed on a rock shelf beside the river and the tree roots had to grow over the rock to find some soil and in the process it has been stunted. We have watched this fig tree through it's stages over the past 10 years. It is semi-deciduous which means it loses some of its leaves in early winter. We estimate the tree to be somewhere between 300 to 1000 years old.

In May 2019 we noticed that the tree was looking very sick and there were branches dying. Some branches has holes in them which we thought would be from termites. Up until this year it looked worse and worse and branches were snapping and hanging into the water.

The good news is that although part of the tree has died the rest of it is looking healthy again so it will continue to be an interesting and historic part of life on the Brunswick River.

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