Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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All About Banyans >> Banyan trees are members of the genus Ficus, and are hardy to zone 10 and above. Established trees are drought tolerant. Also known as a "strangler fig," banyan trees form by enveloping and choking out a host tree. The host tree can decompose inside the banyan, leaving a hollow central core. The tree's distinct trunk is created when roots from the banyan spread down from branches and root into the ground. While native to India and Pakistan, the first banyan tree in the United States was reportedly planted by Thomas Edison in Fort Myers, Fla., in conjunction with Henry Ford in an effort to make tire production more cost effective, as some species are a source of rubber. The largest banyan tree noted in the Guinness Book of World Records is over 200 years old and in the Indian Botanical Gardens. Its canopy reportedly spreads over eight acres. In contrast, banyan trees are sometimes cultivated as bonsai and grown indoors in small pots. April 2017 31 Above This tree sits in the middle of the home's motor court – "literally in the center of the driveway," according to Crowley. "I had to make it look beautiful from all angles." To do so, he mounted 14 lights at 13.5 watts each on 30" extensions that are mostly concealed within the hedge that surrounds the tree.

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