Japanese banana

Musa basjoo

Japanese banana - Musa basjoo

Common Name: Japanese banana
Genus: Musa
Species: basjoo

Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, A good architectural plant, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

An extraordinary architectural plant with huge green paddle-like leaves that can each grow up to 3m long. It produces creamy yellow flowers in summer that are often followed by yellowish-green fruit. These are not tasty enough to eat, however the plants look brilliant when incorporated into jungle-style planting schemes and can be potted up into large pots and treated as a dynamic feature.

  • Garden Care:Though the root is fairly hardy you should apply a thick layer of mulch to protect the crown in autumn and protect the foliage with a blanket of fleece or straw. In colder areas or where the soil remains heavy in winter they are best grown in pots so they can be over-wintered under glass.

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