Ficus benghalensis | Indian Banyan Fig | 100_Seeds

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This is Ficus benghalensis, also known as banyan fig and Indian banyan. This is the national tree of India. They provide the most shade when compared to any other tree on earth. It is a sacred tree. This is said to be the tree that is used for achieving enlightenment. Dodda Aladha Mara is a famous specimen in Kettohalli, Karnataka, India which is about 400 years old, and has a canopy area of about 3 acres. Ficus, in general, are larval host plants for the Fig sphinx moth, and the Antillean Daggerwing butterfly. USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 11.