Postcard of Artesian Tree,Coral Gables, Florida, 1940s
A fig tree apparently once sprang water in Coral Gables in the 1930s and 1940s, as shown in this postcard. The caption reads: THE TREE THAT PUMPS WATER LOCATED ON DOUGLAS ROAD, OPPOSITE THE CORAL GABLES COLISEUM. This Ficus Benjamina tree (small leaf rubber) was planted in 1926 and now has a spread of over 80 ft. In 1939 an artesian spring broke through the crotch of the tree and flows about 100 gallons daily.