We've grown Musa yunnanensis since 2006, but under the name Musa itinerans, with which it is often confused. According to the banana experts, all of the plants commercially offered as Musa itinerans are actually the recently named Musa yunnanensis. Regardless of their identity, our plants have performed wonderfully, reaching 20' each year, despite dying to the ground in winter and not re-emerging until mid-June. The new leaves emerge red underneath, but the color quickly fades, unlike the glaucous white-waxy trunk. So far, our plants have survived 9 degrees F with no winter protection. The giant leaves also double as a great toga party costume...duct tape not included.
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