The Banyan Tree

A member of the Fig Family, Banyan Trees are often really beautiful,
the way they grow roots and hangers that become like trunks allows
them to develop in many different directions. 

I remember sitting under one in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii(pictured right), that had created a huge tent like area that thoughtful people had put many benches under so we could sit and enjoy this magnificent tree. Markets were also held there.

When I looked up information and history of this tree I discovered
it was planted in 1873 and was then only 8 feet tall, and that its
height now is about 63 feet, and that it spreads out over more than
220 feet. It has become a famous landmark in the area and well worth a visit.

Originally the Banyan Tree only grew in Africa and India, but happily it has now
spread to many more countries. They often live for hundreds of years
and spread out over huge areas. 

Buddha's head in Banyan Tree

They are considered by some to be
Sacred, Holy or divine and are mentioned in Indian Scriptures as being
connected to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and called the 
“King of All Trees”

It is relatively easy to grow your own Banyan Tree, and many people
grow smaller ones in pots as house plants. They need plenty of water,
like well drained soil but don’t usually survive a frost and they like
sun and partial shade. 

The tree is likely to keep growing unless you trim the roots to ‘“Bonsai” them. 

Aim to re-pot them every two or three years.

If you grow one outside place it where it has plenty of room to spread, 
make sure there are no building foundations or similar that it can destroy 
and make sure it has enough water, 
though once established they can survive for short periods of drought.

Some parts of the Banyan tree are poisonous and some people
can get an allergic skin reaction to brushing against the leaves or branches.

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