Hell, let's just call this Tree Day. Here's a more mature-looking ginkgo tree and there's your ficus tree. And let's go to LA LA Land for a shot of a bushier ginkgo and a description: "Gawky in youth and slow to moderate in growth, the tree eventually becomes a beautiful pyramid, 35 to 70 feet tall and about half as wide." As previously discussed, Santa Monica wants to replace the ficus with the ginkgo, a decision which has people threatening to starve themselves. More shade with the broccoli tree, less roots with the ginkgo. Tough call.
· Santa Monica Ficus Trees' Denied Landmark Status, Tree Defenders Threaten Hunger Strikes [Curbed LA]