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PlantFiles: Dwarf Banana
Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Namwah'

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dwarf Namwah

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive HedychiumGuy On Aug 8, 2007, HedychiumGuy from Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I bought a 'Dwarf Namwah' banana plant back in February. It had one leaf at the time, and I was unsure if it would survive.

As the weather grew warmer, I noticed a new leaf had suddenly appeared. The leaf appeared literally overnight! I could not believe how fast the leaf came out.

Now the plant is very healthy and has several leaves, with a new one pushing out every other week or so. The plant seems to be growing more slowly now, but that may be a result of the offshoot that has appeared.

The leaves are a soft, almost bluish green. The undersides are coated with a silvery powder that rubs off when touched.

'Dwarf Namwah' is easy to grow, and does very well in containers. Try it in a large container with rich soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fresno, California
Vallejo, California
Pinellas Park, Florida
Charleston, South Carolina
Cibolo, Texas
La Feria, Texas

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