Another Lawnless Front Yard

A correspondent in Santa Barbara sent me the following photo.  From what I can tell, this Santa Barbara property has exactly two plants in the front yard, a tree (Magnolia grandiflora?  Ficus nitida?) and a Dietes iridiodes.Well, it is lawnless...


Photo by KD:
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  1. Given that it's in Santa Barbara, and has massive aboveground root structures, I'd have to guess that the tree is a Moreton Bay Fig, Ficus macrophyllia.

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  2. Ficus macrophylla sounds about right, thanks HelenB! This one is still modest as F. macrophylla goes, no? Here's the grandmother:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moreton_Bay_Fig_Tree.jpg

    :)

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  3. Yep. Walked right past it last Saturday. It's a Moreton Bay fig. From Queensland. The bay at Brisbane is 'Moreton Bay'
    The Photo shows quite a lot of light around. But actually it was very dark underneath (Gloomy ++) and it would be surprising that anything at all would grow there.
    I had seen in the tourist lit, mention of the fig, but did not check up if this was the actual one.

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  4. Actually it shaded the next door house just as much. And halfway across the street as well. Also there was a mass of tree debri as well (you can see it in the photo) With all the gloom it was quite a sad picture.
    Perhaps the solution is to remove about three houses
    Kerry

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