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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



Type of Plant

Tropical Tropical


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 10'
Max spread Max Spread: 10'


  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


    Native Range



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

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 10a 10b

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