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Japanese Hardy Banana

Musa basjoo

Also known as

Hardy Banana, Japanese Fiber Banana, Japanese banana, Banana

Musa basjoo (1) by Muséum de Toulouse (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

2.5m

2.5m

Min

1.5m

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A green Musa basjoo plant in a garden
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A photo of Japanese Hardy Banana
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Japanese Hardy Banana Overview

The Japanese Banana or Hardy Banana, Musa basjoo is an evergreen perennial from the Musaceae family. It can grow to a max size of around 5m tall and 2.5m wide. It has thick, ribbed leaves may reach 3m in length. Readily produces suckers around the base. Flowers are cream-coloured and these appear in the summer, they hang in terminal spikes and may lead onto inedible green fruits measuring up to 6cm in length.

Common problems with Japanese Hardy Banana

How to propagate Japanese Hardy Banana

Suckers

Seed

Division

Division.

Special features of Japanese Hardy Banana

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Other uses of Japanese Hardy Banana

Grown for their foliage, flowers and fruits (bananas), not all of which are edible.