Huge Banyan Trees and Bombax Downtown

By Published On: February 3rd, 2021

The Huge Banyan Trees and Bombax Tree in Downtown St Pete

Published on 02/03/21: 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.

I’m a St Pete Realtor covering the Tampa Bay Area and truly love Saint Petersburg….and the surrounding areas! You’ll receive up to $10K at closing when you use my LovingStPete Team to buy or sell a property! I started LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram to help clients and others learn about our area. It’s now followed by over 25 thousand people! If you have any real estate questions, simply contact me. My past includes developing a vacation rental advertising company, which I ran for a decade, and then sold to HomeAway/VRBO.

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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