Longing for balmy weather and beaches? Looking for a showstopper that is super fun to watch grow and unfurl its 2' wide (and up to 6' long!) leaves every week? Look no further, the Musa basjoo is your tropical centerpiece.
Musa basjoo is a spectacular showpiece banana plant that is native to the Ryuku Islands near Japan. Gardeners grow these plants not for their fruit (which is small, green and inedible) but for their ornamental foliage which lends an exotic and tropical aura to the landscape. It may be grown directly in the ground year round in USDA zones 5-10, and that means here in Denver! This is a large, fast-growing plant that grows to 6-14' tall. Plants produce huge paddle-shaped leaves that grow to 2' wide and to 6’ long. Cream to yellow flowers may appear in summer on mature plants to be followed by inedible green fruit.
Green Banana - Musa Basjoo
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