Musa 'Mekong Giant'
The Musa 'Mekong Giant' is a large, cold hardy banana from Yunnan China. Many people love this plant because it grows so fast, and in areas where it will die down to the ground each Winter they need speedy growth. If this sounds like the banana you need, this is the probably the banana for you! The plant can grow in ideal conditions to 40 feet tall or more, but typically if it dies down each year, you may see 12-18 feet before mother nature takes it back down in the winter. The trunk will get a dark pink to purple color with age. You can over-winter this plant for many 9 years! It will produce very large clumps of bananas. The flowers are also extremely large 1 to 2 feet long and are used in cooking in China. It can grow in full sun as well as shade. In it's native habitat it is found as an understory banana in shady forests. This banana also produces large rhizomes underground which is one of the main reasons it is so hardy.
Foliage: Large green leaves held atop a larger trunks
Flower: Large Red and yellow flowers
Height: 10 to 20 feet in cooler climates 40 feet or more if longer season
Full Sun part shade
Zone: 6-11 Must be protected in colder zones with leaf or mulch compost.