A tree is the landmark of Sri Lanka’s Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, namely the Giant Java Willow Tree at the grass called "Great Lawn". The species is also called Giant Java Fig or Java Almond Tree. Ironically, the botanical name for the huge tree is Ficus bejamina, a well-known house plant or even indoor plant used as Bonsai tree, which was originally indigenous to Southeast Asia. The huge tree in Peradeniya, once imported from Malaysia, is locally known as ‘Ibba Tree’. The meaning “tortoise tree” refers to its peculiar shape, spreading like an umbrella. Peradeniya’s enormous Java Fig covers an area of 1,600 square metres (others claim: 2,500 square metres), providing enough shadow for many families relaxing here at the same time.
Peradeniya’s stately specimen of a Giant Java Willow Tree was planted as early as 1861, it is one of the oldest trees in the Gardens. It has become one of the major attractions of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Don’t climb on one of the treè’s many branches, it’s prohibited, since it’s not healthy for this precious tree, some visitors have actually broken branches.
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