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Dwarf Giant Banana

Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante'

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.
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Botanical PronunciationMEW-sa a-ku-mi-NA-ta
LoreThe genus was named for Antonio Musa, physician to Octavius Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, 63-14 BC.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing clumps to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Tropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Fast Growing, Compact Form, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when surface of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsTo 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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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