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PlantFiles: Blood Banana
Musa acuminata 'Zebrina'

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

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Unknown - Tell us

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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 4747 On Nov 11, 2006, 4747 from Chula Vista, CA wrote:

We have purchased five of these rather unusual looking banana plants and hope they reach at least eight feet but hoping for ten feet.

So far they are doing really well here in Chula Vista CA. Will update as they grow.



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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Brentwood, California
Fresno, California
San Diego, California
Apopka, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Plainfield, Indiana
Cleveland, Ohio

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