Wednesday, February 8, 2023

(Not so) Wordless Wednesday - The Banyan Tree.


The Banyan tree, La Haina, Maui, Hawaii.

It seems incredible that what looks like a group of trees is in fact all one!

Enormous is no understatement here: Spanning 1.94 acres—over the length of a city block—and rising more than 60 feet in the air, Lahaina’s famed banyan tree is a quarter of a mile in circumference and possesses 16 trunks, making it the largest banyan tree not only in Hawaii but also in the United States (and one of the most massive in the world).

While remnants of the town’s conflicted past remains—Lahaina is at once raucous and refined, booming with the gutsy spirit of its past residents—its early 19th century soul is best represented in the banyan tree itself, which matured with the help of a local Japanese gardening society and other Maui residents, who hung jars of waters on its roots. A member of the fig tree family—of which there are 60 types in Hawaii—Lahaina’s banyan tree’s root system is, in every sense of the word, a marvel: Descending from its branches, aerial roots drape towards the ground, where they take root, thicken, and form new trunks that allow the tree to grow vertically and horizontally, giving it a skulking look that brings to mind Southern Gothic. (To the outside observer, larger banyan trees—including Lahaina’s—appear to comprise several separate trees.)

I am joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for the blog hop.


  1. That it's one tree is completely mind-boggling to me!! 😯

  2. That is amazing not seen that before remind me of the Gorgon lol nice photos :-)

    Have a banyantastic week Jackie 👍

  3. What a fabulous tree and subject! I shall dig it because
    it's so special! Thank you, Jackie!
    Happy WW and a fine week!😘❤️

  4. That is amazing! We thought it was several trees until we read about it.

  5. That is amazing. Wonderful photos. XO

  6. Wow, what an amazing shot. I had no idea. I would love to see this in person.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Jackie. Hugs. ♥

  7. WOW! WOW! WOW! What an incredible tree! I've seen some photos of it, but you have captured the essence of how HUGE it is! Thanks Jackie

  8. What an amazing tree!!! Thank you for all the information about the tree and the location.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. That is so cool and what a magical place!

  10. What an extraordinary tree!
    I'd love to see it in person.

    Hugs and blessings, Jackie.

  11. Beautiful bayan trees. We have bayan trees here too.

  12. Love those Banyan Trees ~ fascinated me when I saw them in Hawaii ~ great photo you created ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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