More than 140 years have passed since then, and the tree has grown to be the second largest of its kind in California. Known for years as the Jones Family Tree, past owners of the hotel have been careful to preserve the tree’s historical roots (literally and figuratively).
The tree was declared a historic landmark in 1976 by the Santa Monica Landmark’s Commission, and under the care of the Fairmont Miramar, it will continue to thrive for years to come. “I speak to the gardeners and the people that maintain the tree all the time, and they say the tree is in great health,” says Argueta. Our tree has become internationally recognized and receives many guests, including some very famous ones such as Britney Spears and many more.
To this day, figs still grow on the tree, though they’re ornamental (so you won’t find them on the menu at FIG, the Fairmont Miramar’s signature restaurant). The figs begin to fall to the ground around April, says Argueta, and they grow back early in the fall.
And with every fig that drops and guest that enters under its canopy, the tree’s legacy will continue to grow — they can live for hundreds of years, if not more, says Argueta. “So many generations will see this beautiful tree.”