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MUSA 'Extra Dwarf Cavendish'

Image of Musa 'Extra Dwarf Cavendish' (Cavendish, A A A Group)

Family

Musaceae

Botanical Name

MUSA 'Extra Dwarf Cavendish'( Cavendish, A A A Group)

Plant Common Name

Banana, Extra Dwarf Cavendish Banana

General Description

The non-edible banana cultivar 'Extra Dwarf Cavendish' (also 'Dwarf Parfitt') is a short, upright, fast growing, ornamental tropical perennial. Its large, flat, green leaves have a soft, velvety look even though they are physically smooth. Once a stem reaches an age to flower, it haphazardly produces small fruits that are not worth eating. After flowering, the stem dies and should be removed to allow side stems in the clump to grow in more fully. This particular banana, although having origins in southeastern Asia, is a clone resulting from years of cultivation and genetic manipulation.

Banana plants love warm,fertile soils with consistent moisture. Full sun exposures are best, and a long growing season is required for this very small variety to create the fullest and most attractive fan of foliage. Avoid sandy, poor soils unless compost, mulch or other organic matter can be placed over the root zone. These plants are often root-hardy in very mild winter zones and rejuvenate after spring frosts. Thin and fragile, the leaves may shred in high winds. The exotic and tropical look of the Extra Dwarf Cavendish banana, even without flowering, is reason enough to use this plant in containers or the mixed border.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No