FICUS BENGHALENSIS - Banyan Fig
Moderate difficulty – 3/5
Daily throughout the growing season, keep moist in winter
India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan
Dark green, glossy, oval, leathery foliage
Suitable for all bonsai styles, except literati
The Banyan Fig is native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Banyans make magnificent bonsai trees, but can also reach 100 feet tall in nature. This species has ovate, dark green leaves similar to the Ficus Benjamina, however, these are glossier and larger.
This is a ficus species best suited for people who are new to growing bonsai. Growing up, the Banyan produces aerial roots suspended from the horizontal branches, which form real roots when they touch the ground. The extent of these roots can create a forest on their own. The young leaves are tan-brown and hairy, becoming shiny and retaining only a few hairs when ripe.
- Packet includes 30 seeds and an electronic Banyan Fig Bonsai Growing Guide