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Ficus benghalensis/Indian Banyan

Ficus benghalensis / Ficus benghalensis
Mature specimen with aerial roots forming the support trunks
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Mature specimen with aerial roots forming the support trunks

Specimen tree

Leaf and fruit

A colony of the banyan trees formed by aerial roots

Close-up image of fruit on a single leaf

Aerial roots forming an open space under expanded canopy

Specimen in a traffic island

Aerial roots forming many support trunks

Leafy canopy of a banyan tree

Base of leaves and developing fruit

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Scientific Name: Ficus benghalensis
Common Name: Indian Banyan
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Aerial rootlets are produced from the branches and hang down. When the aerial roots reach the ground, they take root and grow and can form a forest-like effect. Are drought tolerant, once the tree is establshed. Birds eat the fruit.