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Hardy Fiber Banana

Musa basjoo

SKU
06197
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.
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5-11

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Botanical PronunciationMEW-suh BAS-joo
LoreThis is considered the be the most cold hardy banana in the world.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly forms foliage clumps 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Poolside, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsJapanese Forest Grass (Hakonechola); Trumpet Creeper (Campsis); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-11

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