Plant ID forum: Saw this tree in a park - what is it?

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jefferson70
Jan 30, 2018 12:59 PM CST
There is a gorgeous old mature tree in a park I recently took my son to. It looks quite old, and is absolutely massive. It is very well cared for in a city park in a town called Benalmadena on the south coast of Spain (near Malaga). The park features a lot of non-native trees, many with little signs telling you what they are. Except for this one, which is near the playground and without a sign, which makes me suspect it is a native. Was just wondering what it was and if it was a slow or fast grower. Am considering one for my own garden, if I can figure out what it is. Thanks.
P.S. - I snapped this photo just last week, so those berries are growing in January, if that helps.
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Welcome!

Next time you take your son to the park, could you take photos of the entire tree and then parts to show branching, and a trunk shot. I think there would be a better chance at an ID with that added information.

Another option is too look for the caretakers and ask them.
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Name: Tamara
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Monetwwqi
Jan 30, 2018 2:35 PM CST
Check out Ficus Macrophylla , Morton Bay Fig
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Those leaves and fruit do resemble Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) which grows to be a massive tree.

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vitrsna
Jan 30, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Yes, i believe it is a Ficus but am not sure about the species. The leaves don't look like macrophylla to me. There are about 850 species of Ficus.
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tofitropic
Jan 31, 2018 12:01 AM CST
Looks like Ficus elastica to me (can it grow there??), the leaves get smaller on mature (fruiting) stem.
Yes as Daisyl has suggested before, It will be best if you could ask ID to the caretakers if you have a chance. (massive trees should not be too unnoticeable in a park to be unidentified I guess..)
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2018 7:38 AM CST
Good eye as always Tofi, Thumbs up

It might very well be Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) I googled for that one in Andalucia and this page came up showing images and locations: https://www.monumentaltrees.co...

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jefferson70
Feb 1, 2018 3:37 PM CST
Definitely not a rubber tree, as I have one of those in my garden as well (it's quite mature and considered the "beast" at the bottom of the garden). Done a bit of research on the Moreton Bay Fig and I think that's definitely it. Thanks everyone!

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