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Musa x paradisiaca /Common Banana

Musa x paradisiaca  / Musa x paradisiaca
A clump of giant bananas in mid to late summer
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A clump of giant bananas in mid to late summer

Cluster of bananas and remaining floral unit still setting fruit

Excellent tropical foliage in summer

Cluster of bananas set when plant does not freeze back to the ground

Young fruit and floral unit

Cluster of bananas in Jackson Square, New Orleans

An old established clump of bananas at Windrush Gardens in Baton Rouge

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Scientific Name: Musa x paradisiaca
Common Name: Common Banana
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Yellow flowers are covered with reddish-purple bracts which are borne on spike that may attain a 2 feet or more in length. This is the banana of commerce. Fruit bearing stalks occur in zone 8 frequently. After fruiting, the stalk dies. Generally it takes two growing seasons for the plant to produce edible fruit.