Chinese Yellow Banana

Musa lasiocarpa

Chinese Yellow Banana - Musa lasiocarpa

Common Name: Chinese Yellow Banana
Genus: Musa
Species: lasiocarpa

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

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

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

Thought to be extinct only a decade ago, this handsome banana was found growing in remote regions of the Himalayas in south west China. This clump-forming banana has huge paddle-like bright green leaves and mature specimens will produce long-lasting yellow summer flowers. As the flower develops, the original plant will start to die but it will produce off shoots and will continue to thrive. Although a cold snap will brown the foliage the plant will bounce back and continue to grow.

Garden Care: Though the root is fairly hardy the foliage does need to be protected with a mulch of fleece and straw in autumn.

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