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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Since bananas must reach a certain size to set fruit, today they are mostly used in the garden for their dramatic foliage.

    Latin Name

    Musa coccinea


    Family

    Musaceae


    Type of Plant

    Tropical

    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 10'
    Max Spread: 10'

    Uses

  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Colors


    Native Range

    Indochina


    History

    George Washington received banana plants in 1799 in a shipment of plants and seeds from the East Indies.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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