The Ficus Tree a species native to Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean. There are over 800 species in the ficus genus and the tree is believed to date back over 11,000 years.
The Ficus tree plays an essential part in the tropical eco-systems as figs are the source of food for many creatures such as Fruit Bats and Capuchin Monkeys. The Ficus Religiosa or sacred fig is native to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indochina and is thought to be sacred amongst believers of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is believed that Gautama Buddha sat at the foot of the tree and gained spiritual enlightenment. It has also been the destination for pilgrims.
The tree symbolises peace, abundance and its fruit universal understanding and knowledge.