Chinese Banyan

Scientific Name: Ficus microcarpa L.f.

Family Name: Moraceae


In some regions outside its native range, Ficus microcarpa has become an invasive species. It can outcompete native vegetation and disrupt local ecosystems. Care should be taken when planting it in areas where it is not native.

One of Hong Kong’s most revered trees, the Chinese Banyan is often admired and even worshipped by whole villages.

It is typhoon tolerant, with a growth form and architecture that can withstand whatever nature can throw at it. Its massive trunk is entwined with vigorous aerial roots extending like fixed, wooden elephant trunks from the tree base.

Its figs feed birds and bats, while the massive canopy provides shelter and nesting sites for urban and rural birds. Lizards and frogs can find a home among the Banyans are small, firm, smooth leaves that lack conspicuous veins.