Hardy Fiber Banana
|Description||Considered the most cold hardy banana! Its lush green foliage provides an outstanding tropical effect yet its roots survive much colder temperatures than other bananas. A fast grower, with huge leaves that may reach 2 feet wide and 6 feet long. Produces attractive golden cream flowers and small, somewhat seedy fruit.|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Mature Size||Quickly forms foliage clumps 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Fast Growing|
|Flower Attributes||Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Poolside|
|Design Ideas||A 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 Plants||Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechola); Trumpet Creeper (Campsis); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)|
|Care||Prefers humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from strong winds, and from harsh afternoon sun in hot southern regions. Water deeply, regularly in 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 fertilize in early spring.|
|Lore||This is considered the be the most cold hardy banana in the world.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-11
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