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Dwarf Namwah Banana

Musa 'Dwarf Namwah'

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Dwarf Namwah Banana (Musa 'Dwarf Namwah') at Rainbow Gardens

Dwarf Namwah Banana

Dwarf Namwah Banana

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Height:  8 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Description:

A dwarf banana that is not only ornamental, it produces bunches of small yellow fruit; best suited to warm temperate climates and can take light freezes; a nice garden accent or container plant

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Namwah Banana is a wonderfully ornamental plant with characteristically tropical foliage and delicious edible fruit. Its attractive enormous oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruits are showy yellow bananas carried in abundance from early to late fall.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The small sweet bananas are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Namwah Banana is an herbaceous tropical perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should never be pruned except to remove any dieback, as it tends not to take pruning well. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dwarf Namwah Banana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Namwah Banana will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

Bananas are curious plants in a botanical sense. Strictly speaking they are perennials, with individual shoots rising up from underground rhizomes and maturing in one to two years, then ultimately dying after producing fruit, to be replaced by new shoots from the base. However, given their ultimate size and coarseness they almost behave as small trees in the landscape. This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Dwarf Namwah Banana is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden  Orchard  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.