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  • 460 year old fig tree, Lambeth Palace

    This fig tree at Lambeth Palace was planted in 1556 by the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Pole. It's thought that he brought the tree from southern Italy, where he spent a lot of time.

    (Quote) Lambeth Palace Fig Tree Cutting

    The Ficus carica ‘White Marseilles’ fig tree was brought to Lambeth Palace by the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Reginald Pole in 1556. It probably came from southern Italy where Pole spent a lot of time. The fruits are white fleshed and very rich and sweet, they are ripe when the skins turn a chartreuse colour and start to split.

    At Lambeth Palace the huge trees grow against the east-facing walls of the Great Hall in the sheltered main court yard. We get two crops in a good year, firstly in early July from over-wintered embryo fruits and then a second crop in late September on the current season’s growth, the second crop being the best with their thicker skinned fruits that melt in the mouth!

    This cutting has been taken from the tree planted by the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury and thus it represents the common heritage of our two churches. Having been brought to Lambeth by Pole it is fitting that it now, finally, arrives in Rome so that the one tree will bear fruit in Lambeth and Rome as a visible sign of our own and our churches relationship growing and bearing fruit from the same source (Quote) Here's the link http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5346/archbishop-justins-gifts-for-pope-francis

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  • #2
    Thanks for sharing. It's amazing that a fig tree could be that old.


    • #3
      Very beautiful tree, thanks for sharing dave. Is this the same variety i believe SarinaP was sharing?
      May the Figs be with you!


      • Dave
        Dave commented
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        not shore???

      • SarinaP
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    • #4
      and the story goes on The White Marsellies has quite a history http://www.planetfig.com/articles/fareng2593.html
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