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Krohn Conservatory Bonsai #12 - Banyan Fig

Scientific Name:

  • Ficus benghalensis

Species

  • Banyan Fig

This tree was purchased by The Krohn Conservatory for the Butterfly Show in 2010. 

The pot is large, oval, glazed, green/blue in color and is 5 inches deep.

This fast-growing tree is found mainly in monsoon and rainforests, that can reach a height of up to 100’. It is resistant to drought and mild frost. It produces propagating roots which grow downwards as aerial roots on the branches that grow downward. Once these roots reach the ground, they take root and become woody trunks to support the wide canopy branches.

The figs produced by the tree are eaten by birds such as the Indian myna. Seeds that pass through the digestive system of birds are more likely to germinate and sprout earlier.

The tree is considered sacred in India, and temples are often built nearby. Due to the large size of the tree's canopy, it provides useful shade in hot climates.

Germination Year
1975 (Age: 49 years)
In Training Since
1986 (37 years)
Acquired in
2010
Insect Control

The Banyan fig can be susceptible to scale and thrips.  Treat with horticultural oil or malathion.