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Dwarf Giant Banana

Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante'

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Dwarf Giant Banana (Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Dwarf Giant Banana

Dwarf Giant Banana

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Dwarf Giant Banana (Musa acuminata 'Enano Gigante') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Dwarf Giant Banana fruit

Dwarf Giant Banana fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Description:

A dwarf ornamental banana that also produces fine fruit; young foliage has dark red markings, but mature foliage is solid green; best suited to warm temperate climates; a nice landscape accent or container plant

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Giant Banana is a wonderfully ornamental plant with characteristically tropical foliage and delicious edible fruit. Its attractive enormous glossy oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The sweet bananas are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Giant Banana is an herbaceous tropical perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Giant Banana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Giant Banana will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

Bananas are curious plants in a botanical sense. Strictly speaking they are perennials, with individual shoots rising up from underground rhizomes and maturing in one to two years, then ultimately dying after producing fruit, to be replaced by new shoots from the base. However, given their ultimate size and coarseness they almost behave as small trees in the landscape. This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Dwarf Giant Banana is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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