Alternate titles: Bodhi tree; Ficus religiosa; peepul; pipal; pipal tree
Bo tree, also called Bodhi tree, according to Buddhist tradition, the pipal (Ficus religiosa) under which the Buddha sat when he attained Enlightenment (Bodhi) at Bodh Gaya (near Gaya, west-central Bihar state, India). A living pipal at Anuradhapura, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), is said to have grown from a cutting from the Bo tree sent to that city by King Ashoka in the 3rd century bc.
Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 10b-11+)
When to Sow: Anytime
Ease of Germination: Moderate
(Pipal) Sacred tree of Hindus and Buddhists; Buddha meditated non-stop for 7 years under a bo-tree until he reached liberation. Has anti-bacterial properties. Fine houseplant like Ficus benjamina. Slow to germinate.