Sentimental Thoughts on a Fig Tree

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

I’m one of those people that gets a little…just a little… attached to most living things. It may sound silly although when I put my heart and soul into nurturing a living thing it becomes a part of me. It’s who  I am and definitely stands for the kind of person I am.

I nurture all my plants in my little fenced yard. About 3 years ago I nurtured a palm and then donated it to our community to take the place of a diseased tree they had to get rid of.  They exchanged the bare spot with my palm and it has flourished and grown to almost 20 feet!  It shades my bedroom window and it not only benefit our community ….but our shading comfort.

Well, I nurtured a fig tree for the past four years and it grew in a very big pot to 7 feet. One day I noticed that it was unusually flourishing, very very green and getting very very TALL.  I tried to turn the pot around so it got sun on the other side and …it wouldn’t move. Apparently, the roots cracked the bottom and my fig tree really took off into the ground.  Just a very happy camper indeed!

Well, it’s too big for our little fenced yard and we definitely cannot plant into the ground in our little yard (against association rules) so my husband cut the roots and I put an ad in Craigslist the night before last to give my tree to a loving home.   YES. FREE TO A GOOD HOME.

It wasn’t but a half hour later and I received a call.   I “interviewed” the caller and asked what he planned to do with the tree. After feeling comfortable that my tree would be going to a good home we made arrangement for him to pick it up the next evening.

Byron” was a good man and he planned to plant it in his HUGE yard with the hopes it would be a nice shade tree for the kids and his doggies. He whipped out a wad of bills and wanted to give me money and I refused and I told him I just wanted my tree to go to a good home. I handed him my card and his eyes lit up. He knew a lot of people and surely he would be able to refer someone to me.

Although a little sad for having to give it up....

I’m just happy my fig tree went to a good home.

Gardeners are good at nurturing....

Just think what we do in business!

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I do understand how you feel........the last home I owned had a yard full of fruit trees that I had planted. They were thriving........litchi nuts, mango, cherry, star fruit, cinnamon............I drove past recently to see the new owner had removed all of them and put in PALM TREES! Just what we need, more palm trees rather than beautiful fruit producing trees. I was so sad to see this. I had even asked him about the trees. He had indicated that they would stay................

The one thing he obviously could NOT get out was the black bamboo I had planted........way to rock bamboo! Don't let him hurt you!

The bamboo is on the side of the house and towers over the home!!!d So glad it is putting up a fight!




Oct 30, 2011 01:13 AM #13
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

@ David...oh, I miss that tree....but I live in a townhouse complex and it just too big for my little fenced patio. The roots went into the ground...and it was time to say goodbye.

Oct 30, 2011 07:00 AM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally glad to hear that you are one of those people that can make things grow.  I am the opposit no matter how hard I try they usually end up with negative results.

Oct 30, 2011 01:26 PM #15
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What a great story, Sally.  Glad your fig tree found a good home.  Are you going to visit it?  :)

Oct 30, 2011 01:48 PM #16
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

I understand, Sally!  I got a great listing with a cactus garden and a huge fig tree.  It was vacant, so I knew it was my responsibility to pick the figs in a couple of months - they were plentiful.  It sold immediately and closed in 3 days.  Loved the paycheck, but missed the fig tree.  Got a lot of great pics, though!

Oct 30, 2011 03:29 PM #17
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Woo Hoo, I am so glad you got rid of that tree. This tree singlehandidly does  or has done more damage to real property  than any other plant I know of. It is invasive, heads straight to water pipes, cracks and spreads it's roots in sewer lines , cracks slab foundations, you name it, this tree does it. :-)

Oct 30, 2011 04:33 PM #18
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Glad to hear you found a good home for your ficus.  William is that true about fig trees.  I love to eat figs and the leaves of the figs are so lovely.  I had never heard that the fig tree roots are destructive. 

Oct 30, 2011 06:22 PM #19
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

Celeste, We never know when and where we can get business.  You found a guy that not only took care of something you needed to get rid of, (damn association rules) but you planted another seed-- in the mind of the person that took the tree.  Way to sacrifice an older tree to plant a new younger and stronger future financial tree.

Oct 30, 2011 10:40 PM #20
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Great story Sally, I have particular good childhood memories of a fig tree. .. there was only one tree in our patio home back then ;a fig tree . .and I love to climb it 

Oct 30, 2011 11:22 PM #21
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally, great story with a very good message. Glad you found a good home for the fig tree.


Oct 31, 2011 02:02 AM #22
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

I love that you interviewed the new owner! This year I was able to share from an abundance of golden raspberry plants and lilies. It's so fun spreading life around!

Oct 31, 2011 02:53 AM #23
Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan - Morristown, NJ
Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ

Wow.  Talk about the gift that just keeps on giving.  Very enjoyable story and well written!

Oct 31, 2011 03:58 AM #24
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Sally,

You obviously have big and kind heart. Great story all the way around. I also liked that you gave the god guy who took the fig tree your card as he probably will remember you. I believe good things happen to good people.

Thanks for commenting on my Fall Miracles blog and all the hard work you personally put into the contest.

Oct 31, 2011 05:01 AM #25
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Sally. Great story with a happy ending. I think it's great that you interviewed the potential parent! It can only end well.

Oct 31, 2011 05:23 AM #26
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Sally, you are terrific. I do understand your feelings towards the living beings that trees and plants are. I become attached also. I have plants that have traveled hundreds of miles with me through the years from state to state. I love your attitude! Hum...attitude? That fits!

Oct 31, 2011 06:59 AM #27
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni

Great education for me.  In Texas I have never seen a fig tree.  I have  a Ficus Benjamina in a pot that looks just like your picture but here they are always pot plants never in the ground.  

Glad you found it a good home.

Oct 31, 2011 09:08 AM #28
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

What a good deed Sally. You should post this in the "paying it forward" group. I am sure business will come your way from this man you gave your tree to.

Oct 31, 2011 12:28 PM #29
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Sally, Nice job on finding a good home for your fig tree, and getting a fan too!                     

Oct 31, 2011 04:15 PM #30
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Fig tree or ficus tree ?  Same thing?  You are paying it forward for the tree!!!   May you receive many referrals from this!

Nov 02, 2011 04:34 PM #31
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Sally,  This is a true testament to the quality person you are ... caring.  You took the time to care for the fig tree and the time to ensure it went to a home that would provide the same care. 

Nov 03, 2011 01:30 PM #32
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