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PlantFiles: Mai'a Lele, Hawaiian Dessert Banana
Musa x paradisiaca 'Mai'a Lele'

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Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa (MEW-suh) (Info)
Species: x paradisiaca (par-uh-DIS-ee-uh-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Mai'a Lele
Additional cultivar information: (aka Iholena Ohana)
Hybridized by Kanaka Maoli; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000BCE

Synonym:Musa acuminata x balbisiana

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Herbaceous

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)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Metrosideros On Nov 12, 2013, Metrosideros from Keaau, HI wrote:

This banana is choice for any kind tropical garden!

The plant get purple backed keiki leaves, which go plain green.

Fruit stay good fresh or cooked. Pan-fry several sliced bananas with a dash of olive oil, cinnamon, & salt. No ka oi!

Regional...

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

Kurtistown, Hawaii



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