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County Tree of Hualien—Religiosa

  • PostDate:2022-03-30

Ficus religiosa, or bodhi tree, is derived from the meaning of sacred and religious, and it was named to commemorate Siddhartha Gautama who attained enlightenment (Bohdi) at the tree. Therefore, it is considered as the Sacred Tree. It is a large dry season-deciduous or semi-evergreen tree up to 10 to 20 meters tall with a smooth straight trunk and wavy round shape crown. The leaves are in dark green with shiny waxed surfaces and complex venation, the leaf glands are also within thin long heart-shaped leaves. Every summer during July and August, fig fruits turn purple when ripen and fall on the ground attracting birds to peck.