Banyan {Ficus benghalensis}

The banyan is very unique in that it produces aerial roots which grow downward and into the ground. Once they have rooted, they become indistinguishable from the main trunk.

Worshiped as sacred, its hanging roots form sheltered temples at its feet. The banyan is the national tree of India.

Hidden in the back of Manoa Valley is a treehouse built within & around a beautiful banyan tree. A dairy farm only 60 years ago, the backyard is now a lush haven of rainforest. This giant tree is less than 50 years old.