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Ficus benghalensis - Indian Banyan Tree


Ficus benghalensis - Indian Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis - Indian Banyan Tree)

There's four planted in the area where several other species of Ficus were planted back in 2012. They were small back then, now most are getting big. Photo taken Morley Field, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. on Feb. 12, 2016.



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THAT would be so much fun to grow. Even small trees make the huge amount of roots- even in Arizona.

20 Feb, 2016

 

It is. I had one for years until it burst out of the pot...then I had to sell it.

I grew one up in the SF Bay Area for many years. It grew fast in Hayward and Fremont and got really big, also (I sold that one, also). The major problem is the roots and it eventually becomes a large tree even in Southern California. The largest one known is in the San Dimas area around Los Angeles. Last I think it's around 65' and has a huge spread with many aerial roots. There's some 30 to 40 foot (maybe taller ones that I haven't seen) here in San Diego. It's one of the very few Ficus species which goes semi-dormant in winter here. It loves a lot of water, fertilizer and heat and it will grow like crazy!

The trees in photo have been cut back several times. They put out these 10' whips in all directions when it's really hot, in summer. I'm not sure why they just don't let them grow. There's plenty of room there.

20 Feb, 2016



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