Thursday, February 14, 2008

Well, I have a tree fight going on in my backyard. Yes I said a tree fight. Once I started looking real close at those tree's that look like Banyan Tree's. I started to notice that inside the middle of almost all of them there was a Cabbage Palm Tree. If you start looking you will see what I am talking about. These tree's look like Banyan Tree's, they actually are Banyan Tree's just a different species, with real deep green leaves and they get extremely big. The interesting thing about this tree( Strangler Fig ( Ficus Aurea ) is that the seeds will not germinate without passing through an animals digestive tract. Once germinated they grow rather fast. They eventually wrap their roots all the way around the host tree and strangle it. Here are a few pics of the tree fight in my backyard.


beauxartabazon said...

Your yard is beautiful. I love the strangler fig, it grows to be such a magnificent tree and reminds me of one the Swiss Family Robinson could inhabit. I would love to be able to propagate one in my yard in Port St. Lucie. I don't know if it's possible, but I have a non-indigenous carrotwood tree I'd rather replace by strangulation by the native ficus aurea than cut it down. I have read that strangler figs can be purchased in pots, but I think they might grow as an upward tree in that case, instead of having the aerial roots which are the best part. I am not sure how you feel about losing your palm(s?), but the strangler fig is such a cool looking tree. Best of luck with your trees.