Story of the bo tree

Find out the fascinating story of the bo tree.

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  • This plant is sacred to Buddhists and Hindus as the Buddha himself was thought to have sat under one when he received enlightenment (bodhi).
  • The oldest plant in the world of known planting date is the bo tree called Sri Maha Bodhi planted at the temple at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, in 288 BC.

Where it grows

The bo tree is native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, south-west China and Indochina.

Wildlife facts

Figs are primarily pollinated by fig wasps, which enter the flower through the hole at the base of the fruiting structure.

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  • Axillary: joined where leaf stalk meets stem.
  • Epiphytic: grows on other plants.