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Old 02-04-2011, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Musa sikkimensis-the best banana for leaf hardiness?

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Musa sikkimensis, also called Darjeeling Banana is a species of the genus Musa. It is one of the highest altitude banana species[2] and is found in Bhutan and India.

Musa sikkimensis at Heronswood


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This unusual Himalayan banana species is native to regions with heavy annual snowfall and hard frosts. The outsize green foliage grows to 5 feet on stems that can be 18 feet or more. A robust grower, this dazzler's glossy dark green leaves radiate scarlet-red from the underside, with dramatic burgundy streaks on the leaf fronts. In our initial testing, this wondrous rarity has proven just as hardy as M. basjoo, possibly a partial zone hardier. Mulch heavily in zone 6. Give this one a try we'd love to hear your results
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