Musa ae ae

Musa ae ae

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.

Common name:

Koae (Hawaii)
Royal variegated banana

Origin:

Hawaii

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9

Soil:

Well drained and nutrient but especially slightly acidic

Height:

4-5 m

Musa ae ae fruits

Musa ae ae fruits



Propagation:

Suckers

Exposure:

Light, shade or partial shade

Care:

  • 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

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