The Banyan tree is one of the most interesting, and unusual trees
I've every seen. I had the fortunate opportunity to be able to see and
photograph these trees in Boca Grande, in Florida. They have the most
strangest root structure.
The banyan started as a plant that grew from another plant, also known as an epiphyte, and it started it's life as just a fig. The banyan needs a fig wasp in order to reproduce. Birds will take the fruit from this tree and disperse them. Once the seeds are germinated, they grow and the roots from the germination return to the ground. This is what continues the structure of these beautiful trees. Sometimes, it's difficult to distinguish, which is the root, and which is the trunk of the tree.
Banyan's are known for the creation of bonsai trees. You know, those little miniature trees.
This tree is known to be sacred in some countries. Some refer to it as a shrine. Some people believe it is home to spirits.
It's said that the largest banyan is located in India, and it's over 250 years old. However, there's a 300 year old banyan on the island of Kabirvad. There's a banyan tree outside of Bangalore, that takes up 3 acres of land. Hilo, Hawaii has a street that's dedicated to the banyan, called Banyan Drive. Many celebrities have been known to plant banyans here.
Fort Myers, Florida had the very first banyan tree planted in the entire United States. It was planted by Thomas Edison, when it was only 4 ft. tall. It's now so large, that it covers an acre of land on the Thomas Edison estate.
The banyan tree , in India, is the national tree.
There are so many interesting facts about this tree, that it would take me a book to write them all. I know one thing, and it's that these trees catch my attention, every time I drive to Boca Grande in Florida.