Banyan trees are native to India and Pakistan, but they can be found in Broward and Dade counties in Florida. The tree is a perennial and is also known as Ficus benghalensis.
The banyan tree is the national tree of India. In India, the tree is referred to by several names, including "vat" and "bargard." In Hindu mythology, it is referred to as "Kalpavriksha." Banyan trees are considered to be immortal. This is partially due to the fact that the tree has aerial roots that grow into the soil to form new trunks, creating a tree that is perpetually renewing itself.
The banyan tree is sacred to Buddhists as well as Hindus. It is believed that Buddha spent 7 days in contemplation under a banyan tree.