Musa ae ae or Royal Variegated Banana is certainly one of the most remarkable bananas in appearance thanks to its long leaves of 2 m long streaked with white, cream and dark green.
It is native to Hawaii where consumption of fruit was reserved for nobility. Fruits are also striated green and white. The fruit is cooking banana.
Its growth is rapid: it can reach 4-5 m in height in 2 years.
Royal variegated banana
USDA Zone 9
Well drained and nutrient but especially slightly acidic
Light, shade or partial shade
- requires lots of water and fertilizer during the growing period
- avoid direct sunlight as they may burn the leaves (as with all variegated plants with white)
- the most important factor is temperature: ideally, the nighttime temperature in winter should not fall below 15-18 °C otherwise the roots may rot