Banana, Cavendish Banana, Chinese Banana, Dwarf Banana
Musa acuminata 'Sumatrana'

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Variegated

Other details:

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

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Dothan, Alabama

Orange Beach, Alabama

Sparkman, Arkansas

Oakland, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Key West, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Durham, North Carolina

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Newbury, Ohio

Lexington, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 3, 2014, weRgroot from New Port Richey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've had great luck with this plant, but I do keep it out of full sun. Typically it dies back in the winter (not very cold tolerant), but this past summer I dug it out of the plant bed (an interesting task at best) and planted one of the "babies" in a pot on my patio. So far it's survived the cold (we have short cold blasts, nothing prolonged but we do have freezing days). I like this plant because it's a more interesting banana plant and it's hardy in my area. One caveat (for my area and south): It you plant it in a spot that it really likes, and it survives winters, it can be invasive.

Neutral

On Jul 12, 2011, tx2step from Westworth Village, TX wrote:

I bought one of the guys and planted it and it did really well but now that summer is reaching 100 plus degrees it's burning - the leaves are showing signs of being "burned" it gets direct sun most of the morning but I've had to resort to covering it with an umbrella -it's wrecked. Fort Worth, Texas. Any suggestions - I was told it liked full sun but it obviously does not.... it's a pretty thing (or would be if it wouldn't burn up like it does)

Positive

On Jun 1, 2010, LuvMyGreen from Clearwater, FL wrote:

awesome plant! beautiful foliage. older leaves naturally fade there red color. loves sun and lots of H2o. happy gardening.

Neutral

On Jul 21, 2009, renee9 from Oakland, CA wrote:

Planted 3 of these lovely Musas a month ago in my east Oakland garden. The one planted in full morning sun was miserable, so I moved it to the dappled shade of the Deodar cedar with the others. The 3 are now doing quite happily, enjoying weekly guano tea and lots of water, & growing new leaves steadily. The red on the lower leaves has just started fading -- I'm thinking of moving one to a slightly sunnier spot, though I hate to disturb them now that they've settled in nicely. Any thoughts??