Banyan Tree- Palmetto Bay & Beyond

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Banyan Tree in Palmetto Bay












When I first moved to South Florida I fell in love with the trees here.  The different varieties of palm trees are hard to keep up with.  The Royal Poinciana is another favorite.  But the Banyan tree captivates me.

Banyan trees can be found throughout South Florida.  They are quite impressive.  If you take a drive on Old Cutler Road starting in Palmetto Bay and heading north to Coral Gables, you'll see many of them.  Their canopies can extend clear across the street.  But it's their trunks that mesmerize.  There's something primitive about them.  They always make me look and wonder. I'm not quite sure what I wonder about when I look, but time seems to stand still when I'm around the Banyan.

I researched the Banyan shortly after arriving here and was surprised with what I found.  The Banyan tree is a fig that usually starts it's life on another tree.  Birds will drop the seed in a crevice of the trunk of another tree and the seed will germinate.  It then sends roots down to the ground.  Eventually, the Banyan ends up engulfing the tree that gave it life.  For this reason the Banyan is also known as a Strangler Fig.

Banyan Tree in Pinecrest Gardens











In Robinson Crusoe, the main character made his home in a Banyan tree.  The first Banyan tree planted in South Florida was in Ft. Myers.  It was a gift to Thomas Edison from Harvey Firestone.  Mr. Firestone was introduced to the Banyan in 1925 on a trip to India, one of the native countries of the Banyan tree.  The tree he gave Mr. Edison was originally 4 feet tall and now covers 400 feet.  Incredible.

Even knowing that a Banyan tree strangles it's host tree I can't help but admire it's beauty.  Despicable natural instinct or tenacity?  Maybe that's what I think about when they capture my attention.  How they share certain qualities with people.


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Comments (50)

Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Maggie - What a wonderful post.  I absolutely love trees and the Banyan is one of my particular favorites.  Have you seen the one in Maui.  Quite unbelievable!  It's one of my favorite things about the lush vegetation of Florida as well.
Oct 06, 2007 03:03 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
These are gorgeous trees. Thanks for sharing.
Oct 06, 2007 06:08 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Maggie, I too love the Banyan tree! My first time seeing them was when I lived in Hawaii and I was just amazed. We don't have them up here, but I went to Ft. Lauderdale and saw one I got so excited! (doesn't take much does it?) I didn't know all this info tho, interesting!
Oct 07, 2007 12:23 AM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Maggie - This is a cool tree! I have never seen one - and always appreciate the natural growth in other areas. Your Localism posts are great!
Oct 07, 2007 12:26 AM
Sandi Bauman
Chico Homes Real Estate - Chico, CA
Chico CA Realtor
Maggie- LOVED this post-  thanks for an interesting read!  We don't have anything like those trees here, so I can live vicariously through your blog  :)
Oct 07, 2007 05:22 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Maggie, I saw Thomas Edison's banyan tree years ago in Fort Myers.  There IS something fascinating about the trunks - somehow they seem almost liquid, as though they could move, like primitive creatures...
Oct 07, 2007 11:00 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

I didn't mean to take so long getting back to this post.  Sorry!  And thanks to the Moderator who saw fit to feature this on Localism.  My renewed interest in Localism has just doubled with your support!

Also, I am having trouble with my web browser so I will do a few replies and submit for fear of losing them.  It's happened to me several times over the past week.  Sometimes technology ain't so grand.

Desiree - thanks for sharing that lovely picture.  China!  I'm impressed.  My kid has an opportunity to visit next year.  I have to make sure I sell enough homes =)

Ines - funny, Nick said the same thing about the eyebrow.  LOL  You may not believe this, but I have been planning the same series!  Great minds think alike, no? =)

Cyndee - ahh, to have the energy of a child again... =)

Tracey - prior to moving here I had no idea of their name either.  Once I saw them, I had to find out more!

Lola - you did it again!  That thing you do with your choice of words.  =)  I like it.

Oct 07, 2007 01:57 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Michael - what lovely memories.  Thanks for sharing them.  I guess then you also must remember crabbing on Old Cutler, no?  Season starts Nov. 1st.  Folks are anxiously awaiting the date.

Gena - next time you're here, please get in touch and I'll make sure to take you around to see them!

Jennifer - I find the same thing.  The more gnarled it is, the better!

Sarah - I had to google the Madrona.  Very beautiful!  I can understand your liking them.

Susie - "tree walls" says it perfectly!  Loved it.

Gary - thank you!  I was trying hard not to bore with the facts.


Oct 07, 2007 02:02 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Debbie - in Florida and pretty much anywhere else it will grow.  Glad you enjoyed it!

Jay - that was a real groaner!  You say things with such authority some may actually believe you! LOL

Carole - when you come down for that drive on Old Cutler I promised you, we'll get to see lots of these!

Midori - you got me all weepy-eyed.  I can understand that completely.  Big, mighty oaks sprawled across roads just added to the devastation.  I take all hurricane warnings seriously.

Sharon - for now.  I'm already thinking of changing it.  My elbow next? =)

George - another great word to describe them!



Oct 07, 2007 02:10 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Ann - only because I can relate.  I have one of my very own.  LOL

Marlene - I've never been to Hawaii, but I've heard about the tree of which you speak.  Can't wait to see it!

Bob & Carolin - it was entirely my pleasure that you enjoyed it!

Lysa - I find it interesting that the Banyan hasn't been introduced in your area yet.  Hmmmm...

Paula - I knew I had to focus on Localism but kept putting it off.  Thanks for your support!

Sandi - awe, that's sweet.  Thanks!  Hang on tight, we'll go canoeing next!

Brian - I am enjoying all the different ways these trees can be described.  Liquid is another appropriate one!

Oct 07, 2007 02:17 PM
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Maggie, you're on!! I think they make GREAT photo ops.
Oct 07, 2007 02:44 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Gena, they sure do.  Thank goodness for digital cameras.  I can't wait!
Oct 07, 2007 02:48 PM
Janie Coffey
First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty - Ponte Vedra, FL
Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives
great post Maggie on one of my favorite trees!  And I love love the new pic, I can't keep up.  Congrats on the feature!
Oct 07, 2007 11:16 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Janie - thanks!  I'm such a square that I am being a rebel in a most non-threatening fashion...I mentioned that I'll probably be changing the pic.  The elbow's next!

Oct 08, 2007 01:08 AM
David A. Podgursky PA
THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct - Boynton Beach, FL
THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move!

As crazy and cool as the banyans are, I wish they had better root systems for sustaining higher wind speeds

they are so cool looking - especially with lizards running throughout

Oct 08, 2007 02:31 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
David - that's true!  Now whenever I see the slightest thing moving outside I look for a lizard.  They're all over!
Oct 08, 2007 03:41 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
I don't know that I've ever seen one in person.  They look a little freaky ... like they're trying to walk away. 
Oct 08, 2007 10:12 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Sarah - you nailed it!  That's so true.  Come visit.  You'll see lots of them.  I'll make sure of it.
Oct 08, 2007 10:24 AM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


What an unusual tree.  The story behind the trees is interesting.  Somehow "Banyan Tree" sounds better than "Strangler fig".  The original tree must be incredible to view.

Oct 10, 2007 04:04 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Rita - in India, the word "banyan" means merchant.  It was used together with the word tree as merchants would gather under the shade of the tree to sell their wares.  It stuck and eventually only the "banyan" portion remained.  Another bit of useless trivia!
Oct 10, 2007 09:37 PM

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