Hardy Fiber Banana
Hardy Fiber Banana
Musa basjooItem #6197 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 11
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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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:MEW-suh BAS-jooPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly forms foliage clumps 15 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalDesign 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.Companion PlantsJapanese Forest Grass (Hakonechola); Trumpet Creeper (Campsis); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)
- CareCare InformationPrefers 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:This hardiest banana plant on earth hails from the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. However, evidence suggests that it may have originated in China and moved to Japan early on.Lore:This is considered the be the most cold hardy banana in the world.