Dwarf Giant Banana
Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante'
Pronunciation: MEW-sa a-ku-mi-NA-ta
|Description||A versatile, dwarf form with large dark green leaves and red markings on juvenile foliage. Mature leaves are solid green. Produces bunches of delicious fruit. Shorter stature limits wind damage. Ideal specimen in a perennial or tropical border. Perennial.|
|Watering||Water when surface of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Fast growing clumps to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.|
|Special Features||Dramatic Foliage Color, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs, Edible, Fast Growing, Compact Form|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Poolside|
|Design Ideas||This banana is the cornerstone of the tropical fruit garden, but is so ornamental it is used in many kinds of gardens. Tall narrow form makes it an ideal plant for side yards as fruit tree or leafy privacy screen. Plant in small city gardens as a single specimen. Though listed as a dwarf, this is still a very wide, bushy plant that can beautifully anchor house corners in the front yard landscape.|
|Companion Plants||To create a tropical-fruit garden, combine this Banana with Clementine Mandarine Orange (Citrus reticulata 'Clementine'), Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) and Vincent Kiwi Vine (Actinidia chinensis 'Vincent') with its male pollenizer, Tomuri Kiwi Vine (Actinidia chinensis 'Tomuri'). Also grows very well under the light filtered shade of Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) surrounded by Silver Dragon Lilyturf (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon').|
|Care||Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.|
|Lore||The genus was named for Antonio Musa, physician to Octavius Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, 63-14 BC.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.