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Ficus benghalensis Banyan tree, Waringin Beringin Moraceae

Ficus benghalensis, Banyan tree, Beringin, Waringin


Banyan tree, Waringin, Ficus-benjamina

From southern Asia, the banyan is outstanding for its aerial roots, which descend from the branches to the ground and eventually form secondary trunks.
An old tree, though reaching only about 70 ft (21 m) in height, can spread widely enough to shelter an entire village. The banyan has pale gray bark, large dark green leaves and round red figs borne in pairs.
Cultivation: Figs grow to great heights in gardens and most species have vigorous, invasive root systems.
Many make excellent container and house plants when young.
Figs prefer full sun to part-shade and humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Water potted specimens sparingly.
Propagate from seed or cuttings, or by aerial layering.