This enormous banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) was only 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall when planted in 1925 by famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison at his winter estate in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. Native to India and a member of the fig family, it was the first banyan tree planted in the continental United States. Over the years aerial roots have grown down from its branches to expand the area covered by the tree to more than 1 acre (0.41 hectares). The banyan is a feature of vast botanical gardens that are part of Edison's 1880s winter home and laboratory open year-round to visitors.

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This enormous banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) was only 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall when planted in 1925 by famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison at his winter estate in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. Native to India and a member of the fig family, it was the first banyan tree planted in the continental United States. Over the years aerial roots have grown down from its branches to expand the area covered by the tree to more than 1 acre (0.41 hectares). The banyan is a feature of vast botanical gardens that are part of Edison's 1880s winter home and laboratory open year-round to visitors.
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This enormous banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) was only 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall when planted in 1925 by famed American inventor Thomas Alva Edison at his winter estate in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. Native to India and a member of the fig family, it was the first banyan tree planted in the continental United States. Over the years aerial roots have grown down from its branches to expand the area covered by the tree to more than 1 acre (0.41 hectares). The banyan is a feature of vast botanical gardens that are part of Edison's 1880s winter home and laboratory open year-round to visitors.
Location: Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida, USA