The ornamental Musa Bordelon Banana tree embodies the true look and feel of the tropics.
Its large ornamental foliage has maroon splotches on the upper surface and even more maroon on the undersides. The maroon contrasts the lush green outer edges nicely. The plant produces flowers and produces fruit that is inedible and seeded. Not only is it attractive looking, it is perfect for birds and other wildlife to snack on though!
Discovered in the Louisiana town of Bordelonville, this cultivar slightly resembles Musa Acuminata aka Zebrina the blood banana in its fruit.
Musa Banana Plant Care
The Bordelon banana tree is cold hardy down to and will bloom beautiful pink flowers in the summertime consequently attracting hummingbirds and other wildlife. This ornamental banana plant grows best in the southern United States in USDA hardiness zones 8-11.
The Musa tree will grow to be 12 to 15 feet tall in maturity and around 2 to 3 feet wide. This banana tree does best in full sun to part shade and prefers well-drained soil to prevent root rot. Grows taller in full sun. Learn how to prune a banana tree in this blog.
This tropical plant requires lots of water to thrive. Watering requirements includes every 2-4 days especially when it is a young plant. Mulching heavily with organic matter will help retain moisture while the young plant grows.
Musa bananas are easy to care for and relatively free of pests and diseases. If you live in an area with colder winters, you can plant this banana plant in a container. Indoor bananas have different watering schedules but it is doable!
*Does not produce edible bananas*
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Check out the Ornamental Banana Grow Guide for more information on planting and growing bananas.
- Ornamental tree
- Provides tropical feel
- Fast growing
- Attractive foliage