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About the Banyan Tree


Banyan (genus Ficus, subgenus Urostigma) is a subgenus of many species of tropical figs with an unusual growth habit. They are large trees that usually start life as a seedling growing on another tree (or on structures like buildings and bridges), where a fig-eating bird has deposited the seed. The roots descend over the trunk of the host, seeking out the soil below. Once they have rooted into this, the fig roots rapidly thicken and lignify (become wooden). Where the fig roots cross each other they fuse, thus creating a lattice around the host tree trunk.

It is originally from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but has been imported in other tropical regions. It is also the national tree of India. The first banyan tree in the U.S. was planted by Thomas Alva Edison in Fort Myers, Florida. It was given to Edison by Harvey Firestone after Firestone visited India in 1925 and was planted in the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. The tree, originally only 4 feet tall, now covers 400 feet.

Why are we called Banyan?
The Banyan tree with its thousands of branches signifies todays' interconnected global trade. The Banyan tree grows from a single seed dropped from a fig-eating bird to cover more than a couple of acres. Similarly, we would like to see our customers' business grow and prosper with help from Banyan Commerce.

Banyan tree. (2004, September 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:12, March 6, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Banyan_tree&oldid=16798310