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Dwarf Giant Banana

Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante'

Pronunciation: MEW-sa a-ku-mi-NA-ta
SKU #06193

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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.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when surface of soil is dry.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Fast growing clumps to 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Non-toxic to Cats and Dogs, Edible, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Clumping
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.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
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.

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