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Musella lasiocarpa /Chinese Yellow Banana

Musella lasiocarpa  / Musella lasiocarpa
Exotic, lotus-like flower and foliage
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Exotic, lotus-like flower and foliage

Flower on a heavy stalk produced in center of foliage

Unique flower for a banana

Flower produced on a mature container grown specimen

A specimen bloom and foliage

A young inflorescence

Young banana-like fruits at base of bracts

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Scientific Name: Musella lasiocarpa
Common Name: Chinese Yellow Banana
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower 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: Resembling a lotus flower before it opens, the brilliant yellow of the Chinese yellow banana is its most outstanding trait. A dwarf relative of the banana, it flowers after it has been planted for a minimum of two years. Flowering occurs over an extended period of time, often for two months or more. Fruiting is not common.