The Indian laurel, tree of the family of Moraceae native to southeastern Asia and Australia, is characterized by the smoothness of the trunk and its large size. Great specimens of this species and its family thrive on the streets and squares of Seville, such as those of the Parque de María Luisa, the church of San Jacinto in the nearby neighborhood of Triana or those of the Plaza de San Leandro. In the Alcázar of Seville there only remains one specimen located in the garden of the Cross but, not until not long ago, there was a large one in the garden of Flowers. Perhaps this was the tree that mentioned André Gide (1869-1951) - Nobel Prize for Literature, 1947- in a letter to his friend Nathaniel:
'What will I tell you Alcázar? Garden similar to a Persian wonder. I think, when talking to you, that I prefer it to all others ... There are water features in the avenues tiled in marble and surrounded by myrtle and cypress. On either side there are marble fountains where the king’s lovers bathed. The only flowers are roses, daffodils and laurel flowers. In the backyard there is a gigantic tree where it is believed to see a lit bulbul... '