The Huge Banyan Trees and Bombax Tree in Downtown St Pete

Colt’s favorite trees downtown are worthy of their own post! I’m certain these beauties are special to many around the area. Am I right?

First up, the sprawling Banyan trees in North Straub Park, directly across from Alto Mare Fish Bar and Annata on Beach Drive. They are massively gorgeous and estimated by arborists to be around 90 years old. Did you know the largest Banyan tree is located in India and covers 4.7 acres!? 😳

Next is the Bombax tree located on the south lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. This very unique and beautiful tree was planted by the museum’s first Director, Rexford Stead, in 1965. Per the museum, it stood around 3ft high when planted. Colt says this would be the ‘perfect tree for a fort”and is on his list of ‘tree goals’. I can see why. I’m lucky to have this Bombax located directly across street from my office window! (at Northstar Realty)

Do you have a favorite tree(s) in the area? Even better, pictures of those trees to share in the comments? Lighting was tough for my pics. Took them quickly, while trying to keep an eye on my 5yr old Tarzan.

General Address of the trees: 216 Beach Drive NE, St Pete FL for the Banyan trees and 255 Beach Drive NE for the Bombax.

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