What the fig? No answers to declining health of Kings Square Moreton Bay fig tree


Fig tree at Kings Square. Picture: Jon Hewson d478637
Fig tree at Kings Square. Picture: Jon Hewson d478637

THE battle is on to save a 120-year-old Moreton Bay fig tree in Kings Square as its health is in decline.

City of Fremantle parks and landscape manager Ryan Abbott said the City has been in contact with an arborist to determine the cause.

“The specialists have not been able to define a specific cause, however the gradual decline may be a combination of issues,” he said.

“The age of the tree, disruptions to the root zone over time are just some of the other factors.

“The City is monitoring the tree to see if the steps taken over the past year have an effect on the tree’s health.”

Mr Abbott said the other fig trees in the square have varying states of health.

“Where trees are showing signs of stress, the City has undertaken treatments,” he said.

Mr Abbott didn’t specify how many trees would remain in Kings Square but said the City valued the fig trees and understood their importance to the community.

The City has monitored the trees since 2008 and last year a bioscientist conducted sampling and testing of the Kings Square fig tree.

The tree has also been given an injection of an enzyme to help it to absorb nutrients but it remained in distress.

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