The Banyan tree is an iconic figure in the culture, folklore, and literature of the Indian subcontinent.
The banyan tree (Ficus Benghalensis) is odd-looking with widespread, aerial roots that give the appearance of numerous trunks when they reach the ground. The Banyan tree is a close relative of the fig tree and a larger version of the ficus tree.
These trees have large, thick roots that protrude from the trunk. The Banyan prefers warm, tropical weather, as frost can kill it.
Ficus trees can maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size, so this makes them ideal for bonsais or for massive houseplants in large spaces.
Ficus trees are a common plant in the home and office, mainly because they look like a typical tree with a single trunk and a spreading canopy. Very large, deciduous, spreading tree, often reaching a height of 12 meters. Leaves alternate, curvaceous upper surface glabrous when mature.