As I’m nurturing the CayDa Foundation, I decided to research into ficus plants. Cây đa normally refers to ficus benghalensis, commonly known as the banyan. But unfortunately the banyan is not suited to grow in my climate, Zone 9b. It prefers a more humid, subtropical to tropical climates (Zones 10 through 12). I was a little sad.
But I did find a wonderful cousin, đa lông, ficus altissima, also called the council tree (or false banyan tree). I thought it was amusing that the tree is named that way, probably because of my strong interest in leadership studies. The great news is that it can grow in Zone 9b climates, where I live! Now to figure out where this tree could grow. You can either grow them as indoor houseplants.
But they can grow over 50 feet as well.