While these tropical fruiting plants, including the banana plant, are commonly referred to as trees, they’re technically huge herbaceous plants, meaning they don’t have a woody stem. Instead, they have fleshy, upright stalks from which large, oblong, bright green leaves grow. Showy flowers appear typically in the spring, giving way to the fleshy, elongated, green or yellow fruit.
Plant Care: Full sun (meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight on most days). Potting soil with good drainage. These plants are tropical and originate in rainforests, so they need a lot of water and plenty of moisture in the air. Water regularly to make sure the soil stays evenly moist but not soggy. Avoid overwatering, which can cause root rot.
|Botanical Name||Musa acuminata|
|Common Name||Banana tree, plantain tree|
|Plant Type||Tropical, Herbaceous
|Mature Size||2–30 ft. tall, 1–15 ft. wide (varies widely by species)|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun
|Soil Type||Moist but well-drained|
|Native Area||Asia, Africa, Australia|