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Musa sikkimensis (hookeri) 'Bengal Tiger'
Common Name: Hardy Banana Family: Musaceae (The Banana Family)

Musa sikkimensis (hookeri) 'Bengal Tiger'
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This beautiful selection of hardy banana has much more burgundy than the species with burgundy stripes on top of the leaves and a burgundy flush underneath. Some claim this species is hardier than M. basjoo but I've found the opposite. Even well-wrapped the stems of my plant have died to the ground every winter since about 2001. Still, with good mulching it has been ground hardy like a herbaceous perennial and returns to a height of eight feet every season with its gorgeous leaves. Well worth it.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Asia - China and Japan
Native Habitat:
Montane forests up to 2000 m.

ClassSemi-evergreen  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypeShrub  Secondary Bloom ColourGreen 
Height6-10'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread3-5'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple Green 
Soil MoistureMoist Average  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone8-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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