Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis)
Planted as a sapling circa 1927
—Native to South Asia —
Ficus trees, such as the banyan, produce a fair amount of latex. However, labor costs and the tree’s slow growth made this option impractical for Edison, who was looking for a plant that could be harvested several times a year.
The Banyan tree (also known as the walking tree) is native to the heart of the rubber-producing region of southern Asia, which dominated the rubber market during the 1920s and 30s.
Banyans are one of the more than 800 species within the genus Ficus. The long branches support themselves by producing aerial roots that slowly grow downward into the ground, forming pillar-like trunks. There are over 13 types of Ficus throughout the gardens of Edison Ford.
Historical documents reveal the banyan was planted as a sapling on the Edison property around 1927. It is the largest banyans in the continental United States, with a canopy which covers almost one acre of land.
Location. 26° 38.024′ N, 81° 52.782′ W. Click for map. The marker is standing next a grove of tree near the Edison Museum & Ticket Office. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Alva Edison (here, next to this marker); Mina Miller Edison (here, next to this marker); Edison Heritage Garden (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (about 300 feet away); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (about 300 feet away); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (about 300 feet away); Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Myers.
Also see . . . Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on October 23, 2015.)
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