The soil under the fig trees is normally cool and shady, making them popular gathering places.
Trees with wide crowns are preferred by landscapers for areas that need ample, even shade. They are also used to determine the state of an ecosystem by arborists, who are looking for uniform, healthy canopy cover. A tree’s crown is defined by the outer reach of its leaves. Some trees have wide crowns specially adapted to take advantage of certain conditions, while for others, it is more advantageous for the leaves to reach straight up. Many shade trees also have very dense canopies, blocking most of the light for species that may be growing under them.
Many walnut trees, like walnut trees, have wide crowns.
Numerous trees around the world are known to have wide crowns. A classic example is the trees of the baniana family, a type of tropical fig tree. Banyan trees are unique in that they grow by colonizing and eventually strangling another tree. The largest tree in the world is estimated to be the Great Banyan at Howrah, kept in the Indian Botanical Garden. Banyan trees have served as traditional hangouts in many tropical areas because the ground beneath them is relatively light and shady.
Other trees that generally have wide crowns include the oaks, which also grow very densely, providing shaded areas at their bases. Many maple species also have wide, high-growth canopies, making them excellent choices for landscaping along roadsides and other areas where deforestation is required. Maples also make striking landscaping choices because of the color changes their leaves undergo in the fall.
Many walnut trees, such as walnuts and pecans, have wide crowns, although they tend to be lower to the ground and less suitable for areas where free space under the tree is valued. Also, they can be messy as they lose their nuts and leaves. The fantastic looking baobab found in Africa also has a wide crown and its bizarre appearance is quite distinctive. Baobabs, like many others with wide canopies, provide valuable habitat for the animals that live under them, which could otherwise suffer from exposure to the weather.
Members of the poplar and ash families also tend to have wide crowns, and the characteristic rustling of their leaves can be quite pleasant. Several trees in the poplar family also bloom and, like maples, change color with the seasons. Care must be taken when planting poplars because they have strong and destructive root systems. Therefore, they should not be situated too close to houses, swimming pools and the like.