101 W Montecito St
Designation Status: Designated City Landmark
Assessor Parcel Number: 033-042-018
Historic Name: Moreton Bay fig
Constructed: c. 1874 and 1877
A Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Ficus macrophylla), native to the Moreton Bay region of eastern Australia. This particular tree is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.
Designated City of Santa Barbara Landmark (01/12/1982).
The Moreton Bay Fig Tree is a native to the Moreton Bay region of Australia. This tree is said to have arrived in Santa Barbara in 1874 on a ship from Australia. A sailor from the ship gave it to a little girl, and the tree was planted at a residence at 201 State Street. The tree was moved to its current location by Alonzo Crabb in 1877. According to some estimates, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree may be the largest of its species in the Unites States.
Significant as a City Landmark as per City Council findings (Resolution No. 82-006) by the following criteria:
A. Its character, interest or value as a significant part of the heritage of the City, the State or the Nation. Because the tree is a living monument over a century old, perhaps the largest in the nation of its kind, and because the tree is a highly visible landmark, the Moreton Bay Fig is significant to the heritage of the City.
I. Its unique location or singular characteristic representing an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood.
K. Its integrity as a natural environment that strongly contributes to the well being of the people of the City, the State or the Nation.