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The Banyan Tree Grows In Warm Climates

The Banyan tree is part of the Ficus family, and also known as a fig tree. One of the places to see this speicmen is Thomas Edison's Estate in Fort Myers, Florida. Splendid botanical gardens are sprawled throughout the entire estate. One can get lost in history as you walk through this massive landscape showcasing hundreds of different tropical plant specimens. This article will focus on pictures and insights on this tropical tree. The sheer size and massive root system is superior to other specimens.

Trunk And Base Of This Fiscus Family Member

Banyan Fig Tree Massive Banyan Roots Ficus Family Ficus Tree

This ficus tree in the botanical gardens dates back in history. Herbee had to juggle the memory bank and think back many years ago to history classes and the chapters on Thomas Edison. What he didn't remember about this famous man was the love he had of plants and his need to work on different projects using plant materials.

He worked on several projects using Bamboo filaments, as well as white milky sap from plants. Thomas Edison was interested in finding a natural source of rubber from a latex producing plant. This was during World War One. He searched several countries looking for different plant specimens that could produce natural rubber. What is truly amazing is the 17,000 plant specimens planted on his estate for this sole reason.

His friend Henry Ford gave Edison his first Banyan tree in 1925. The tree was around four feet high and two inches in diameter. This tree is in the entrance to the Estate today, and once you set your eyes on this unique specie, you literally stand in awe of the enormous size. It measures around an acre and has about 350 roots.

This tree is considered the second largest Banyan tree in the world. The largest is located in Kolkata, India. Many of the Ficus trees are native in India and Asia.

Garlic Vine is a great complimentary plant in a nearby garden. This Rubber Ficus Tree is native to tropical Asia. Cambodia is also home to many of the Ficus. Hawaii also has some very large Ficus trees. This specimen spreads out horizontally by using its prop roots. The tree bears fruit and birds spread the seeds and the seeds germinate. The roots spread toward the ground and can attach to the main structure, and that is what you see with the large Banyan tree above. The roots become all intertwined and also called a Strangler Fig.

Thomas Edison's love of plant specimens did not stop after planting several varieties of ficus trees. He admired the Royal Palm and planted a long row of them as well as many throughout the estate. You can read more about Palm varieties below.

More Photos Of Ficus - Banyan Trees

Thomas Edison's Ficus Large Banyan Tree Roots The Leaves Of Banyan Ficus Rubber Tree

Herbee's Big Buzz Book And Journal For You

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Banyan Journal

Banyan journal
The Banyan journal is ideal to use to keep track of your plants growth and gardens. Also, wonderful for a vacation and holiday. You can relive your memories for years to come.

The Royal Palm, as well as the Banyan are planted around many landscapes in the Fort Myers area. This city is called the City of Palms. You definitely feel like you are in tropical paradise. Today there are several specimens of Palms from many different countries on the estate. He also loved fruit and ornamental trees. His wife Mina, loved aquatic plants and some of her favorites were the Water Lily and the Iris.

Thomas Edison's estate is definitely worth a class, organization or family field trip or outing. This establishment is an education for any age. If you live in this area or plan to visit, the Thomas Edison Estate is a must. This Fiscus family member is such a beautiful treat for all of us!

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