Maui’s banyan tree celebrates birthday

April 17, 2009 | By | Comments (3)
Banyan Tree Maui

It’s a happy coincidence that the week after Earth Day, Maui celebrates the birthday of its famous banyan tree. Call it Abors Gone WIld.

The tree, planted on April 24, 1873 in Lahaina, was imported from India. It's now one impressive monument to silvaculture, towering over 60 feet high, and with 12 major trunks in addition to its original. The branches reach out over 200 feet, and shade nearly an acre. This is not your father's elm.

Every April, the island celebrates the tree with a two-day party, with kids activities, art displays and, of course, birthday cake. This year the celebration is April 24 and 25. The site? Banyan Tree Park, of course.

Banyan’s are memorable whatever the setting. My favorite banyan is at the Edison & Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers, Florida.

Photo: D’Arcy Normanvia Flickr

COMMENTS

  1. Kara

    Banyans are my favorite trees. I’m lucky enough to live in Fort Myers so I get to see your favorite tree often! (It’s my favorite too!)

    June 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm
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    these are amazing, Linda! I love those strings of flowers!

    November 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm
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    Wow this tree is so huge and looks so old great !

    August 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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