Musa basjoo

Scientific name: Musa basjoo


Common names: “Japanese hardy banana

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial, herbaceous in most winters if not protected


Zone: 8-10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Shelter from wind and frost

Soil: Humus rich

Moisture: Moist


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Plant Size: H 15′ W 12′

Leaf and Stem shape: Arching lance-shaped leaves to 3m long

Flower: Drooping terminal spikes of cream flowers in hot summers, sometimes followed by inedible green fruitsImage result for musa basjoo

Maintenance: Low – medium, enjoys annual lime application, burm around to retain moisture, can protect from frost with a leaf stuffed wire cage, can be left to die back and it will usually return, divide every 3-5 years

Landscape use: Containers, wallside borders, sub-tropical gardens

Propagate: By seed, suckers and division

Pests & Disease: May be affected by spider mites

*Deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner, grown commercially in Japan for clothing fibre, might survive a winter if grown under the eaves of a south facing wall

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