The largest fig tree in Canada is taking over a residential backyard in Burnaby, BC. Or it would be if it weren’t being expertly tended by its owner, Umberto Garbuio.
Umberto gets hundreds of pounds of figs off his monster plant each year. He eats some, gives away some, makes jams and wines and still hasn’t gotten tired of them. And who would? The taste of a warm, sweet fig is a Mediterranean treat.
But is Umberto’s tree really the largest? It was reported as such in the Vancouver Sun a few years ago. Ever since, people with big fig trees of their own have sought him out, convinced there’s been some mistake. One look at his 40-foot-wide by 16-foot-high plant, and they invariably leave humbled.