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Rajapuri Banana

Musa 'Rajapuri'

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Rajapuri Banana (Musa 'Rajapuri') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Rajapuri Banana flowers

Rajapuri Banana flowers

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Rajapuri Banana (Musa 'Rajapuri') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Rajapuri Banana fruit

Rajapuri Banana fruit

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Rajapuri Banana (Musa 'Rajapuri') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Rajapuri Banana

Rajapuri Banana

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  8 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Description:

A smaller variety that is not only ornamental, it produces sweet edible yellow fruit; best suited to warm temperate climates and can take light freezes; a nice garden accent or container plant

Ornamental Features

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

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

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking

Landscape Attributes

Rajapuri 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.

Rajapuri Banana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Rajapuri Banana will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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.

Rajapuri 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.

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