Historic Aoyama Tree

Historic Landmarks

The Aoyama Tree is a 60- by 70-foot Moreton Bay Fig tree (Ficus macrophylla) located in the City of Los Angeles-owned parking lot immediately north of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, a component of the Japanese American National Museum. The tree marks the former location of the Koyasan Daishi Mission, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist temples in the city, and symbolizes the cultural and historical development of Buddhism and the Japanese American community. Despite benign neglect, the lack of an irrigation system, and the graffiti and asphalt covering portions of its extensive root system, the tree survives.