Ficus benjamina (weeping fig)

Tamar Levine/UCLA

Let's begin our tour with North Campus. A towering weeping fig grows at the southeast corner of the North Campus Student Center. It produces thousands of small figs, many of which drop to the ground in winter and form a crunchy groundcover. In the weeping fig's native Asia, birds find the figs to be a big treat, Dollase says. But American birds -- for whatever reason -- just don't see the appeal.

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