Musa itinerans var. xishuangbannaensis 'Mekong Giant' PP24315

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  • Musa xishuangbannaensis 'Mekong Giant'
  • Mekong Giant Hardy Banana

Plant Type

perennial, aquatic

Zones

6a-11

Size

H:15'-40'
W:4'-8'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average

Water Needs:

even moisture, high

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Fruit:

purple

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(aka: Musa itinerans var. xishuangbannaensis) Musa xishuangbannaensis is a newly discovered species of cold-hardy giant banana from Yunnan, China. Musa 'Mekong Giant' is a seedling selection made by our friend Brian Williams of Louisville, Kentucky, for its bright reddish-purple trunk in addition to its outstanding winter hardiness in Louisville's Zone 6 climate for over nine years. Imagine a Musa basjoo on steroids and you get the idea, although Musa 'Mekong Giant' spreads from long rhizomes. In temperate climates, expect a 15' tall specimen, although it can reportedly reach 40' in climates with milder winters. I predict lots of folks will be goin' bananas over this one! PPAF

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Debary, Florida

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Musa 'Mekong Giant' is a cold hardy variety of banana grown from zones 6-10 this Giant can grow to over 40 feet tall. The trunk retains a dark pink to purple color with age. Mekong Giant produces large stands trees so give it plenty of room to spread out. Great disease resistance Zones 6 and up great wind resistant.

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Louisville, Kentucky

502-963-3694

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Musa 'Mekong Giant' is a giant growing cold hardy banana from Yunnan China. The plant can grow in idea conditions to 40 feet tall or more. The pesudostem (trunk) will get a dark pink to purple color with age. I have over wintered this plant in the ground for over 9 years. It will produce very large clumps of bananas so give it plenty of room to spread out. The flowers are also extremely large 1 to 2 feet long and are used in cooking in China. I have grown and treated this plant much like Musa basjoo for the past few years and it has shown to be a just as fast in returning for spring and can easily out grow basjoo given the right conditions. It can grow in full sun as well as shade it is found in habitat as an understory banana in shady forest. This banana also produces large rhizomes underground which is one of the main reasons it is so hardy. Foliage: Large green leaves held atop a larger trunks Flowers: Red and yellow flowers huge Height: 10 to 20 feet in cooler climates 40 feet or more if longer season

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