Sikkim Hardy Banana, Red Banana Tree
Item #: 3754
Zones: 8a to 10b, guessing
Height: 160" tall
Origin: Himalayan Mountains
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(syn: Musa hookeri) We are excited to again offer the little-known hardy ornamental banana, Musa sikkimensis, hailing from high montane forests of the northeast Himalayas. Reportedly, the trunks can reach 14' in height with a diameter of 18" or, in other words, about the size of an NFL offensive lineman's neck. In our garden, however, we haven't been able to get it to grow much taller than 9' tall. The leaf backs emerge a dazzling cinnamon-red. To say Musa sikkimensis bananas are edible is about like saying that Himalayan bathrooms are comfortable...both have an aroma, but that's about it.