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PlantFiles: Dwarf Banana
Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish'

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

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

27 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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rkwright85 On Oct 23, 2011, rkwright85 from Horton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I got one of these through a mail-order nursery and have grown it as a house plant for over a year now. It was 4" when I got it and is now between 4-5' tall. Has been very low-maintenance as a house plant and have never had a problem with it. I set it outside during the summer and the leaves can get damaged if it is windy.

Positive ronster1266 On Dec 15, 2008, ronster1266 from Montrose, MI wrote:

I got this plant from my local grocery store when it was only about 4in high in a 4in pot, i transplanted it into a 14in pot in the spring and it exploded from 4in to about 2ft in a few months it now even has a few baby rhizomes comming off of it

Positive phoenixtropical On Mar 8, 2006, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Grows well and produces in Mesa, Arizona with afternoon shade. An article on growing this plant in the Phoenix area can be found here:

Positive stressbaby On Jan 28, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

Superior to other dwarf varieties for greenhouse culture.

Positive smg123 On Jul 25, 2005, smg123 from Keller, TX wrote:

Plant grows very fast, it takes about a week for each leaf to grow, and every day you can look at it and distinctly see the new growth.

Neutral Amari On Jun 27, 2001, Amari from Austin, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bright green leaves variably marked, when young, with dark purple-red blotches. Large, heavy flower clusters with reddish to dark purple bracts, yellow flowers. Height 6 to 8 foot tall. Although this is a dwarf banana, it produces full sized sweet smooth fruit.


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

Midland City, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Fresno, California
Martinez, California
Sacramento, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Van Nuys, California
Auburndale, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Casselberry, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Debary, Florida (2 reports)
Deland, Florida (2 reports)
Deltona, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Rotonda West, Florida
Ruskin, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Valrico, Florida
Venice, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Marrero, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Saucier, Mississippi
Somerset, New Jersey
Clifton Park, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Alsea, Oregon
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Narberth, Pennsylvania
Bluffton, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (2 reports)
Ladys Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Carrollton, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Markham, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Murchison, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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