Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growth to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Tropical
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:MEW-suh BAS-joo
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growth to 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Special features:Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Yellow
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleTropical
Design IdeasA perfect leafy banana for creating the tropical look in marginal climates. Use as foundation planting or to fill in sideyards to create a more lush appearance. An ideal plant near swimming pools. Plant in courtyard or patio for shade and screening. Suited to large pots for portable interest, with a series of identical pots for exotic effects in city gardens and rooftops with no planting space.
Companion PlantsGroup these bananas with rugged cold resistant plants with a bold colorful tropical flare such as All Gold Japanese Forest Grass, (Hakonechola macra 'All Gold'), Balboa Sunset Trumpet Creeper, (Campsis radicans 'Monbal'), Lavender Chiffon Rose of Sharon, (Hibiscus syriacus 'Notwoodone'), Razzleberri Fringe Flower, (Loropetalum chinense rubrum 'Monraz') and Zuni Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni').
Care Information
Water regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Prune to 2 ft. above ground at first frost and apply mulch for winter protection. Remove mulch and feed with a general purpose fertilizer when new growth begins in spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This hardiest banana plant on earth hails from the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. However, evidence suggests that it may have originated in China and moved to Japan early on.
Lore:
This is considered the be the most cold hardy banana in the world.