Musa, Dwarf Banana 'Dwarf Cavendish'

Musa acuminata

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Cape Coral, 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

Knoxville, Tennessee

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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


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:


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

Superior to other dwarf varieties for greenhouse culture.


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.


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.