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Japanese Fibre Banana Musa basjoo

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MEW-suh BAS-joo
Description

Japanese Banana is the most cold-hardy banana tree and is grown for it fast-growing tropical foliage and ornamental inedible fruits. The rhizomes are cold hardy to -10 degrees F. 

Plant in humus-rich moist well-drained soils in full sun. Use as a tropical specimen or a container plant. It can be brought indoors for winter. Fruit set takes 12-24 months to appear.

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#houseplant#interiorscape#pond garden#patio tree#tropical feel
 
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#houseplant#interiorscape#pond garden#patio tree#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Musa
    Species:
    basjoo
    Family:
    Musaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Plant fibers are used to make'banana cloth'. The stem, flower, leaves and rhizome have been used medicinally.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa and Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    2-4 inch long yellow-green fruits with sparse white pulp and many seeds that are inedible.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Yellow-orange torpedo-shaped flowers with purplish bracts from the top of the stem
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green leaves are 6 feet long and 2 feet wide when mature and arch from the top of the trunk.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Leaves form pseudostems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Pond
    Pool/Hardscape
    Design Feature:
    Specimen