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MUSA 'Grande Naine'

Image of Musa 'Grande Naine' (Cavendish, A A A Group)

Family

Musaceae

Botanical Name

MUSA 'Grande Naine'( Cavendish, A A A Group)

Plant Common Name

Banana, Grande Naine Banana

General Description

The ‘Grande Naine’ banana is an upright, fast-growing, tropical herb (not a tree) with large, flat, green leaves. The long, pendent flowers give rise to large bunches of large fruits that range in color from green to yellow. The name of this variety is French and means, literally, "big dwarf." This is the most broadly grown dessert banana because it is a relatively small plant that produces abundantly. A tender perennial, ‘Grande Naine’ forms a close clump of plants, each flowering and fruiting only once before dying. The fruits are more yellow during the cooler, drier season and often more green and shorter during hot, humid months.

Banana plants love warm fertile soils with consistent moisture. Full sun exposures are best and a long growing season is required to set the flowering stalk and fruits. Avoid sandy poor soils for 'Grande Naine,' which does not tolerate periods of drought. This banana can be root-hardy in warmer temperate zones and rejuvenate after spring frosts. The leaves though large are thin and shred easily in high winds, while the fruits do not drop readily. The exotic and tropical look of this banana, even without fruits, makes it a great large-sized specimen plant for the garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • 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

    Yellow, Green, Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No