Lahaina's Giant Banyan Tree
Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A.
In Maui's tourist center of Lahaina stands the largest
Banyan Tree in the United States.  That is one tree above, a
single Banyan Tree, not a forest.  It fills Banyan Square.  
Banyans come from Asia, but I never saw anything this size
in either India or China, where the Banyans were not
allowed such uncontrolled growth.
Here is where the Banyan Tree was planted in 1873.  You
can see how its numerous trunks bend out in all directions.  
Nothing is vertical.  The tree actually grows sideways.
Dangling roots are the method by which the Banyan
Tree expands.  The roots grow downward seeking soil.
When the dangling roots hit pay dirt, they turn
into new trunks which support the Banyan Tree's
continued outward growth.  This tree also receives
support from numerous posts added to insure the
stability of Lahaina's most famous resident.
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