A large deciduous tree that grows up to 30m in height. Crown is wide and spreading, branches produce aerial roots. Bark is light greyish brown. Leaves are relatively large, about 25x 12cm, slightly heart-shaped. Figs about 1cm in diameter, ripening pale yellow to purple, set in bunches on small woody knobs on the twigs and branches behind the leaves.
Native, endangered in the wild. Cultivated
This deciduous strangling fig grows mostly on coastal areas and develops a vast crown formed by many large spreading branches. From these grow many aerial roots, as well as from the trunk and the base of lower limbs. Here where this Tree stands marks the end of Upper East Coast Road before it turns into the present Bedok Road. In the past, the sea was just opposite across the road, and the area was popular for the many food stalls that lined the shore before land reclamation started in the 1960s.
This Heritage Tree had a girth of 4.9m when measured in Year 2003.