CHINESE YELLOW BANANA

FAMILY: Musaceae | GENUS: MUSELLA lasiocarpa

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Unusual ornamental banana from Yunnan Province in China. Very cold hardy, surviving temperatures into the teens. A single thick pseudostem, broad at the base and tapering toward the tip, grows 56 ft. tall and is topped with dark green, 3- to 4-ft.-long leaves. Prized by plant collectors for the exotic, waxy inflorescence that emerges at the plant's top and resembles a golden, 8-in.-wide artichoke; it can last all summer. Clusters of small true flowers peek out between the bracts. After flowering, the original pseudo- stem dies, but suckers sprout from the base. Best enjoyed as an oddity. During the course of flowering, it may drop its foliage and look like a big yellow starfish sitting atop a stump, but it can still stop traffic.

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